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About Ladakh

Ladakh, the erstwhile Buddhist kingdom is spectacularly jagged. Arid mountains, dramatically crowned rocky outcrops, picturesque gompas, meditational mani walls and multi hued flags are few of the many sites that exemplify the beauty of Ladakh. The well balanced traditional society of Ladakh has much to offer the West in terms of ecological awareness.

Ladakh is a magnificent and an unexplored wonderland of the Himalayas. It is one place that is considered as a heaven by everyone who is on a lookout to satiate their indomitable love for adventure. Besides trekking in Ladakh, you can indulge in a series of adventure sports such as biking, water rafting, and safaris, on your Ladakh trip. Also known as the ‘Land of Passes, Ladakh forms an alluring part of the state of Jammu and Kashmir in India. 

Situated at an elevation of 2750 - 7672 meters above sea level, Ladakh is indeed blessed with incredible topography that comprises of hilly terrains, high altitude peaks and the lush green grasslands. Adventure fanatics from across the globe visit Ladakh as there are plethora of trek trails and trekking options available here.

Set amidst snow capped hills, Ladakh is the center of Tibetan Buddhist culture. It is dotted with a number of colorful monasteries. Some of the popular tourist hotspots in Ladakh include Alchi and Nubra Valley. Apart from this, Ladakh is also a land that is popular for the rich heritage and culture. It is home to the rare wildlife including the Tibetan antelope, ibex and yak.

Still unadulterated by modernity, Ladakh is where you’ll experience life coming to a standstill when you directly communicate with the nature and serenity around.

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Attractions

Pangong Lake

The Pangong Lake or the Pangong Tso is one of the highest altitude lakes in the world and is famed for its colour changing water, from blue to red and green. From camping to lakeside bonfire, a wide variety of activities can be enjoyed here. During the winter months, the lake can be seen completely frozen, which is a delightful sight in itself.

Nubra Valley

Nestled in the northern part of Ladakh, Nubra Valley offers a stunning blend of deserts, rivers, and snow-capped mountains. Famous for its Bactrian camels and scenic vistas, the valley is accessible via the thrilling Khardung La Pass. Home to remote villages, ancient monasteries, and the enchanting Shyok River, it offers a serene escape for travelers, Nubra Valley has everything that an explorer seeks and is among the most famous places to visit with our Le Ladakh packages. Being a high-altitude destination, you can immerse yourself in the tranquility of this remote Himalayan region.

Khardung La

Gateway to the Shyok and Nubra Valley, the Khardungla Pass is strategically a very important landmass for the country. Famous for being the highest motorable pass with an elevation of 5359 metres, the pass is a favourite spot among bike riders and adventure lovers. The pass has mighty mountains on both of its sides, which further offer the most dramatic views one can imagine.

Tso Moriri Lake

Located in Changthang Plateau in Ladakh in Northern India, Tso Moriri is also known as the Mountain Lake. The Lake covers an area of 120 KM sq. and is located at an elevation of 4522 metres. Famous for birdwatching and taking in the beauty of nature, the lake is the perfect place to spend some time away from the hustle and bustle of the city and include this famous attraction at its best with our Leh Ladakh tour packages.

Leh Palace

A nine storey high building that displays the influence of Potala Palace in Lhasa is the famed Royal Leh Palace. It stands with its head high on a cliff top overlooking the ravishing Leh town. Leh Palace has now been converted into a museum which features ancient paintings and relics of Buddha along with cutlery used by the Royal family.

Chadar Trek

With the word Chadar meaning a blanket, the Chadar Trek depicts a trail over the frozen Zanskar River, on which people travel for several kilometers to reach the final destination. Unlike other trekking expeditions in India, this one does not require you to pass through forests or rock formations, but instead lets you walk over frozen water, which once was a gushing river. 

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Which are some of the must visit places in Ladakh?

1. Pangong Tso Lake: The Pangong Tso Lake should be on your list of places to see in Ladakh. This famous attraction is the place where the Bollywood film "3 Idiots" was filmed. You can pack a tasty picnic basket and head to the Pangong Tso Lake with your family, perhaps even camping next to it, to savor every moment of calmness and tranquility. The unique point that the lake exhibits is it doesn’t stay blue throughout the year or even the day, but rather changes its shades from azure to light blue to green and gray!

2. Nubra Valley: Nubra Valley is one of the best destinations to visit in Ladakh, known for its white sand deserts and double-humped bactrian camels. The Shyok and Nubra rivers converge in this valley, and there are numerous lovely monasteries to be found throughout. Since Nubra Valley is near LOC, one will need to get the inner line permit to enjoy its various activities such as ziplining and ATV rides. The rugged terrain, scenic beauty, snow covered mountains, and high altitude of Nubra draw adventurous travelers from all over the world.

3. Hemis National Park: Visit the Hemis National Park, which is the largest national park in South Asia, if you want to enjoy the best of Ladakh sightseeing. It is also known as the Snow Leopard Capital of India. It is the only national park in the Himalayas' northern sections, in addition to being home to the fabled snow leopard. Apart from leopards, endangered species such as the Eurasian brown bear, Asiatic ibex, red fox, and Tibetan wolf can also be found in this area.

4. Tso Moriri Lake: The glistening blue lake, Tso Moriri, is flanked by mountains and measures around 28 kilometers in length from north to south. One will require an inner line permit to enjoy the serenity of this lake. This magnificent location of peace and tranquility is surrounded by snow capped peaks, gorgeous migratory birds, and endangered Tibetan wolves. Tso Moriri Lake is one of the offbeat locations in Ladakh as it  is located 15000 feet above sea level in an extreme environment.

5. Shanti Stupa: Shanti Stupa is a stunning white-domed Buddhist monument perched at a height of 11,841 feet on a rocky hilltop in Changspa. For Buddhists, it is a sacred site since it houses Buddha's relics, which were sanctified by the 14th Dalai Lama. It is extremely popular with tourists since it provides a scenic view of Leh and the nearby Changspa town. Shanti Stupa is an ideal retreat for people seeking peace and calmness through prayer to God as well as those wanting to be mesmerized by the beauty of nature.

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6. Sangam: Sangam is the confluence of the Indus and Zanskar rivers in Ladakh, the two rivers converge at this location and can be viewed independently. The Indus River is a brilliant blue, while the Zanskar River is a dirty green; it surely is a breathtaking sight to see. Sangam's two rivers run in different directions depending on the season. During the summer, the Zanskar River swells and becomes raging, but the Indus River is calmer. Zanskar slows and virtually freezes in the winter, and the Indus flow is significantly lower.

7. Zanskar Valley: Zanskar Valley is surrounded by pristine water bodies, snow-capped mountains, and gorgeous lush green scenery that serve as an important factor that draws tourists. This location is a hub for adventure sports such as river rafting, trekking, and paragliding, among others. You can also find centuries old monasteries here such as  Zongkhul, Zongla and Strongdey monasteries. A trip to Zanskar is only possible between June and September, as all of the valley's roads are severely covered with snow, preventing access.

8. Hall of Fame Museum: The Hall of Fame is a museum devoted to the courageous troops who fought in the Indo-Pakistan conflict and gave their lives in the service of their country. The Indian Army maintains the Hall of Fame, which displays confiscated Pakistani Army guns and equipment, as well as photographs that will tell you the brave stories of  our valiant warriors. A section of the museum is dedicated to the Siachen region, with clothing and gears worn by the Indian Army in the region. Aside from that, visitors can see objects from all over the world linked to Ladakhi culture, history, nature, and wildlife.

9. Magnetic Hill: The Magnetic Hill, as its name suggests, is a gravity hill with exceptional magnetic qualities. This popular hill is a cyclops slope where vehicles defy gravity and rise higher on the hill when parked at a designated position. To see this phenomenon, park in the yellow box designated a few meters ahead of the Magnetic Hill road in neutral gear. The automobile accelerates to a speed of 20 kmph from this point. Despite the fact that there are certain legends surrounding the strange magnetic hill, the layout of the region and adjacent hills create an optical illusion.

10. Kargil: Your trip to Ladakh isn't complete without a stop in Kargil. Ladakh's second largest town, Kargil, is located on the banks of the Indus River and is rich in history. The Line of Control, which is only 11 kilometers from Kargil, is the most interesting portion as it separates India and Pakistan. When you stroll through its roads like a wanderer, you will come across numerous magnificent and old monasteries and gompas, stunning mountain ranges and gorgeous valleys. Also, if you are looking for a thrill, Kargil is the place to go because it is home to a variety of adventure activities such as river rafting, trekking, camping, and mountaineering.

11. Alchi: The charming settlement of Alchi is a tiny village nestled along the banks of the Indus river, in Ladakh's Himalayan area. The roadways are lined with upright apricot trees and provide a wealth of spiritual delight through the presence of monasteries and temples. The Alchi monastery located in this village proudly displays Indo-Tibetan paintings from the 11th to 12th centuries. It is also recommended that you stay a night in Alchi to experience authentic Ladakhi rural life. 

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What are the best things to do in Ladakh?

1. Go on the thrilling Chadar Trek: The Chadar Trek, India's wildest and one of the most difficult treks, is a whole different experience in itself. This frozen river trek is on every trekker's and adventure lover's bucket list since it is a place like no other. This hike is considered challenging since it requires trekking over the frozen Zanskar river in temperatures ranging from -15°C to -30°C. Also, the word "Chadar" means "blanket," and refers to the frozen river's white ice sheets, and walking on it what makes this trek the most adventurous.

2. Go biking at Khardung La pass: Enjoy a bike riding journey on the world's highest motorable road, the Khardung La pass, which is located at an elevation of around 18,300 feet. Spice up your Ladakh trip with a nerve-wracking bike experience, and feel a sense of accomplishment when you reach the summit. Adventure seekers, mountain biking enthusiasts, and people who want a glimpse of some breathtaking views will love the Khardung La pass. However, bikers must get an Inner Line Permit in order to enter and travel through the pass.

3. Go on a Yak Safari: One of the most thrilling things to do in Ladakh is go on a Yak Safari. Yaks are enormous animals that live in the freezing deserts and the locals have been domesticating them for thousands of years. Yak Safari is found exclusively in a few locations, including Ladakh, and exploring Ladakh's valley while riding a Yak can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. A Yak Safari can be simply booked through a local travel agent in Ladakh. The Safari lasts about 4 hours and allows you to see some of the most beautiful landscapes as well as indigenous flora and fauna.

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4. Shop in the local markets: The Main Bazaar, a large marketplace in Ladakh, is a great spot to go shopping. Get a wide choice of reasonably priced things, including accessories and clothing. The markets attract a large number of visitors, both residents and tourists. With so many stores to choose from, you can expect a lot of haggling. You can also buy the famous Pashmina shawls, prayer wheels, Kashmiri carpets, apricots’ jam, and Tibetan jewelry.

5. Experience the thrill of river rafting adventure: In the land of adventure, river rafting is definitely a must-do activity in Ladakh. The Indus and Zanskar rivers are the best places to go river rafting in Ladakh, as they not only offer a unique rafting experience but also pass through a stunning scenery. Ladakh offers grade one to grade four rapids, with several rafting options based on the season, personal physical fitness, expense, and experience.

6. Enjoy stargazing at Lamayuru: This is the spot to be if you want to sit among the lovely mountains and watch the stars twinkle. Lamayuru, also known as the Moonland of Ladakh, is a hamlet located on the Srinagar-Leh highway. At Lamayuru, you can set up your camp and see nature at its most beautiful. It's also been said that on a full moon night, the twinkly sky from this location is a spectacular sight to view, something that doesn't happen every day.

7. Book a jeep safari at Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary: One of the most popular ways to see wildlife and observe the Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary's  gorgeous surroundings is to go on a jeep safari. The jeep gives a more personal experience and drives you further into the park's dense jungle, increasing your chances of sighting wildlife. While on the adventurous jeep safari, you can spot some amazing wildlife, including a Tibetan wolf, brown bear, snow leopard, and wild yak. A jeep safari is especially suggested for wildlife photographers, as it allows them to get an excellent glimpse of various species of wild animals.

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8. Experience the Buddhist culture at Phugtal Monastery: The Phugtal Monastery is a Buddhist monastery in Ladakh's Zanskar area, in the south-east corner. It is one of the most remote monasteries in the region, established roughly 2500 years ago at the mouth of a natural cave on a cliff. You can get a sight of Phugtal Monastery that houses 700 monks and has four prayer rooms, a library, a kitchen, guest rooms, and living quarters, and you can soak in the buddhist culture on your stay over here. Also, the monastery is only accessible on foot and involves strenuous hiking.

9. Visit the amazing Stok Palace: The Stok Palace is the summer residence of Ladakh's royal family and descendants of King Sengge Namgyal. King Tsepal Namgyal founded it in 1820, and the Dalai Lama opened it to the public in 1980. If you are a history buff, there are many valuable items and treasures to be found, including the royal seals, costumes, jewelry, and photos and other exhibits. The war memorials, which include swords, bows, arrows and shields are displayed in a separate area. Furthermore, the Stok Palace is a well-preserved traditional Buddhist attraction.

10. Attend the Ladakh Harvest Festival: Ladakh Harvest Festival takes place in September and lasts for two whole weeks. The celebration features a colorful parade that begins in Leh and ends at the Polo Ground. It's a large-scale event with ceremonial clothing, music, and cultural acts. Even more fascinating are the masked dances performed by the lamas of the monasteries. Discover a diverse range of competitions, including  poo and archery. If you’re the one to love cultural festivals, one of the most important things to do in Ladakh is to celebrate this exciting Ladakh Harvest Festival.

11. Relish the traditional cuisine of Ladakh: For all the food enthusiasts, the best thing to do in Ladakh is to try out their amazing traditional cuisine, which has Tibetan origins. The restaurants and cafes here are also noted for serving other varieties of cuisines too, including Indian, Chinese and Korean. Momos is widely considered to be the most flavorful meal in Ladakh cuisine. To acquire the best taste of Tibetan cuisine, one must also try Thukpa, Tsampa, Tingmo and Skyu here. Aside from the delicious food, you must also try Chang, a local alcoholic beverage, which is quite interesting. 

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How we can reach Ladakh?

Ladakh is frequented by all kinds of riders, adventure tourists, photographers, honeymooners and the nature seeker. The destination offers easy road connectivity. However, anyone visiting the place should be prepared for intense off roading. If you have been looking for some adventure in your life, head on to Ladakh! Primarily, Ladakh is reached by two prominently laid out routes.

The first is the Srinagar to Leh Highway that takes you through Kargil and the Kashmir Valley. The journey would be about 434 kilometers but this route will be open between June and mid November. The highest point you will touch at this route would be the Zozi La Pass at at altitude of 11,500 feet.

The second route starts from Manali and it would be again about 473 kilometers of drive. The route opens from mid June and is allowed till October. This will be the road where you would be crossing several high passes including Tanglang La, arguably, the second highest motorable road in the world.
 
Ladakh by Road: The Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh Transport Corporation runs buses to Ladakh, and your choice will depend on the route you take. Both journeys will last a couple of days with several stops that would gradually open up the vast Himalayan landscape. Although cheap, public transport can be a bit inconvenient.

Many prefer hiring jeep or shared taxis to get flexible with the travel timing. Riding your own vehicle to Ladakh is also an option and is more popularly sought. If you are a solo traveler, it would however be recommended that you take the service of registered travel agencies to ferry you to Ladakh. In most case, you will join a group of other travelers.

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By Train: The closest you can get to Ladakh by train is the Jammu Tawi Station. From there, you will have to pursue road transportation, by either using public transport or renting your own vehicle.

By Flight: The Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport at Leh serves for a visit to Ladakh. You will get connecting flights from Srinagar, Delhi and Jammu. The most common service providers in this route include GoAir, Air India and Jet Airways. However, remember that the availability of flights is subject to weather conditions and the weather in Ladakh, needless to say is quite unpredictable here. Make sure you are okay with delays!

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What is the best time to visit Ladakh?

The recommended months for Ladakh trip is between May and August. This is also when most of Ladakh would be open. In Fact, May is the month when most tourist activities start. It will be comfortable during the day but even so, night time temperature in Ladakh summers can well go beyond freezing point.
 
However, some trekkers also seek Ladakh during the winter season, especially for destinations like the Chadar Trek. This would be time when most roadways would be closed and it would be hard getting any convenience or driving on your own.

How about a road journey to Ladakh?

Traveling across Ladakh in a bike is safe as long as you stick to being a responsible driver. It is always recommended that you go in a group or pick up a packaged tour, if you are travelling alone.

Being around people helps in this part of the world as the problems you can face can be multi-faceted. Before renting a bike, it is also essential that you understand the permits and regulations attached to the same.

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Is it safe for female who are travelling solo?

Male or female, a trip to Ladakh can be quite revealing. There is no direct safety threat for female travelers. If at all, male and female travelers share the same kind of challenges.

What are the important things to bring on a Road trip?

Ladakh is a perfect challenge for passionate riders. However, safety always comes first and here are the gears you will need to tag along:

Vehicle accessories:
  • OEM toolkit
  • Spare vehicle key
  • Sparkplug
  • Chain Link
  • Extra clutch and accelerator wires
  • Tubeless puncture repair kit
  • Spare tube
  • Tire irons and valve key
  • Tire repair can / electric pump / foot pump
  • Engine oil
  • Electrical tape
Riding Essentials:
  • Medical kit
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Lip balm
  • Mustard oil (for moisturizing)
  • Glucose
  • Water bottles
  • Chocolates/biscuits/nuts
Riding gear:
  • Full face helmet with clear vision
  • UV sunglasses
  • Gloves
  • Riding jacket
  • Riding pants
  • Shoes
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Which is the best adventure sports to try in Ladakh?

1. Trekking to the Drang Drung Glacier: If you are a seasoned trekker and want to test your skills, trek to the famous Drang Drung glacier via Suru Valley. In the course of the trek, you can catch a glimpse of many Himalayan mountains.

2. Mountain Biking at Khardung La Pass: If you are a real daredevil with good biking skills, try mountain biking at the country’s highest motorable road, Khardung La Pass. You can catch a glimpse of a plethora of colorful prayer flags fluttering in the air as you zoom past the mountains with your heavy bike.

3. River Rafting at Zanskar River: The tranquil white waters in the Zanskar River are considered the best for enjoying river rafting. Furthermore, the lofty cliff-like gorges add to the fantastic experience of rafting with your group here.

4. Ice Skating at Pangong Tso Lake: If you are in Ladakh during the winter months of December and January, head to the Pangong Tso Lake to enjoy ice skating. The beautiful lake of Pangong Tso usually freezes during the cold season and offers the chance to enjoy skating.

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How to reach Ladakh from Delhi?

By Air: Take a flight from New Delhi and reach Leh. From here, you can take local transport to arrive at Ladakh.

By Rail: 
Take a train from New Delhi and reach Jammu. From here, take a flight to arrive at Leh. You can then reach Ladakh by local transport. 

By Road: 
You can board a State Transport Bus from New Delhi and reach Shimla. From here, you can take a local cab to arrive at Ladakh. 

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How cold will be Ladakh?

Ladakh witnesses extremes of climate. During the months between October and March, it can get uncomforting cold, with temperatures recorded as low as minus 23 degrees centigrade! The summer months, on the other hand, are very pleasant but cold in night. Consequently, you will need to protect yourself at all times.

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Can I visit Ladakh during winters? Is it safe?

Ladakh in the winters can be one of a kind of experience. Though it would be at its hardest best, it would also be a paradise. Many call a trip to Ladakh in the winters as a ‘detoxification trip’, wherein space and time will have no relevance. Be prepared for a lot of snow and ice and temperatures well below minus figures. The best places to be at Ladakh during the winters include:
  • The Chadar Trek
  • The Sham Valley Trek
  • BongBong La Snow Valley
  • A new kind of Pangong Tso!
  • Stok Base Camp Trek In winters

You can also be a part of celebrations and festivals like Losar, Thiksey Gustor, Spituk Gustor, Dosmoche and Matho Monastery Festival. Do find a home stay in Ladakh to stay warm and sane!

How can I experience Ladakh at its best?

Ladakh is best experienced on a road trip. More than the important stop across the place, it is the road that your travel is more exciting. Try doing a road trip in groups or join a group where you can make new friends and see Ladakh in a whole new form!

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How to prepare myself if I am visiting Ladakh for the first time?

There are a lot of particulars you need to understand and research if you are visiting Ladakh for the very first time. Common details should include:
  • The road status
  • Necessary permissions
  • The specific climate
  • Availability of hotels
  • Food
  • Availability of rest houses
  • Medical emergency preparations 
  • Sightseeing transportation

For first timers, it is best to join an organized group tours. Even if you are alone, you can always be a part of groups and customized trips to get around Ladakh. Once you get to know the place, you can come back again for a more independent experience. However, organized tours are always safer, more convenient and can even be said to be comparatively cheaper.
 After all, you will not have to worry about things like accommodation, itinerary, medical emergency, food and the like. You can put all your focus in experiencing the beauty of the landscape and the unique Tibetan culture.

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What kind of fitness I should possess?

Fitness is highly crucial for your trip to Ladakh as it is always easy to fall ill. The low temperatures, low air pressure and the lack of oxygen can take a toll. People who suffer from heat conditions like asthma can get very ill and are recommended to limit their trip to lower regions of Ladakh. There have been several cases when people have become fatally ill.

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What sort of clothes should I have for the trip?

The kind of clothes you should be carrying depends on the kind of itinerary you plan to follow. Being a cold desert, you will certainly experience a lot of temperature fluctuations between nights and days. Further, summers tend to be a bit warmer with temperatures ranging between 33 and 40 degree centigrade. However, even in the summers, the night temperature can get to negative figures.

Ladakh is probably also one of the easiest regions to get sunburn as are the chances of frostbites. The thumb rule about clothing in Ladakh is to pack yourself in layers. Layers of clothing help beat the cold and it is also the best way to adjust to the outside temperatures. Here are the clothing essentials to Ladakh:
  • Heavy / light woolens – depending on the time of the year
  • Thermals in the winter months
  • Full sleeve t-shirts
  • A jacket for all seasons
  • Woolen gloves / snow gloves
  • Mufflers / woolen socks
  • Woolen caps for the cold
  • Sun hats ? Sunglasses
  • Gum boots to cross water channels
  • Umbrellas and gumboots
  • Warm sleeping bag
  • Shoes with good grip
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Will there be any lack of oxygen in Ladakh?

The oxygen level is quite low in the Ladakh region. If you are visiting the place for the first time, there are pretty good chances that you are left gasping. According to a recent research, the oxygen level across Ladakh, especially in the passes is 50% of what you would encounter in the plains.
 
The rarefied atmosphere can take time to adjust to and it is thus recommended that you spend a few days without any travel and acclimatize yourself. The good news is that widespread plantation drives and plantations have also helped improve the oxygen content in the recent years.

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How many days are needed to explore Ladakh?

Taking your own bike allows you the flexibility of travel. If you are planning to rent your vehicle from Chandigarh, you will be able to reach Manali on the same day. It is not recommended to drive overnight as the risks can be too huge. The number of days you spend travelling Ladakh depends on the stops you make and the places you would want to cover.

Normally, a week long drive with night stops and sight halts can be a comfortable trip to witness Ladakh. It is also important to understand the road condition in the season you are traveling. In the monsoons or the winters, it could take days for some roads to clear up and you to move ahead.

How much distance will I travel in a day on an average?

Ladakh is an awesome place but at the same time, it can be quite pressing too. You would be traveling through the highest passes in the world and the terrain too isn’t very smooth to ride upon. Sometime, you will just have to drag your vehicle on foot! consequently, you should not be looking beyond a 100 – 150 kilometers distance in a day. This also suggests that the minimum stay should be for a minimum of 2 weeks. Never push yourself too hard – it can get even more difficult to survive.

Which all bikes are best for a Ladakh trip?

If you ask the question in general, the most common answer you would get is a Royal Enfield. Even people who rode a different bike at home seek to borrow a RE or rent one. But, once you open your mind and take a closer look at the demands, the options are more. While there is no best motorcycle as such, you will need to consider a vehicle that will hold your luggage.

Other factors for choosing a motorcycle include questions like if you have a pillion, the age of the bike you aim to drive and more. A more powerful bike will obviously give you the maximum support in this terrain but even a lighter motorcycle can do the job if it is in good condition.

Overall, your choices can be from a Royal Enfield, Bajaj Pulsar, Hero Impulse, Yamaha FZ/Fazer, RE Himalayan, Bajaj Vikrant, CBR 50 and KTM Duke.

Should I learn how to be a bike mechanic before Ladakh Trip?

It is particularly essential that you ride a perfectly fine vehicle. Servicing your bike, whether you are hiring a vehicle or taking your own is important to ensure a smooth drive. The Ladakh terrain can be very tasking on your bike and you cannot do with anything less than perfect vehicle. Knowing how to do repairs is always an advantage.

What all documents I must carry for a Ladakh Trip?

  • Driving license
  • Vehicle registration certificate
  • Motorcycle insurance papers
  • PUC certificates
  • Medical insurance card
  • Secondary ID (PAN Card, Passport, Voter ID)
  • Map of Ladakh and its routes and itinerary
  • Hardcopy of emergency phone numbers

How much risk is involved on a road trip?

The risk of a road trip in Ladakh is directly related to your focus on the road. While many roads have been mended and made motorable in recent years, you will always need to be extra cautious. A rider will have to make continuous u-turns along the mountain highways and even a small rock unnoticed on the road can do the damage.

Further, if you are riding before and after a rain, it is needless to say that you needn’t think about anything else but your safety to reach the destination. It takes some amount of experience to be able to ride bike across Ladakh as it is too much adventurous

Do we need to carry Fuel in a Jerry Can on Ladakh Road Trip?

Carrying extra fuel in Jerry Cans is a must when you are riding into Leh-Ladakh. While there are a few filling stations at important stops, you never know when a detour has cost you all the fuel you had had in the tank. A couple of loaded Jerry cans per bike are highly recommended. It is also necessary that you refill your Jerry cans when you come across the next petrol pump.

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What are popular passes in Ladakh that can be visited?

1. Khardung La: Khardung La is a high-altitude mountain pass near Ladakh that serves as the doorway to the Shyok and Nubra Valleys. This pass, also known as the 'Pass of Lower Castle,' is located at an elevation of 18, 379 feet above sea level and provides breathtaking views of the surrounding valleys.

2. Chang La Pass: Chang La, at an elevation of 5360 meters, is one of the world's highest motorable mountain passes. The area has been blessed with incredible natural beauty, enticing visitors from all over the world.

3. Tanglang La Pass: Tanglang La pass, Ladakh's second highest mountain pass, is located in the Zanskar range at an elevation of 17582 feet above sea level. The spectacular vistas it gives and the sheer excitement of crossing it, which is no less than an adventure, are what make it a popular tourist destination in Ladakh.

4. Fotu La Pass: Fotu La Pass is located at a height of 13, 478 feet above sea level. Enjoy breathtaking views of the snow-capped mountain peaks as you go across this pass.

What are the monasteries found in Leh and Ladakh?

1. Hemis Monastery: Located in the highlands off the main road, this is the spiritual center of the Drukpa lineage. Hemis Gompa is known for being Ladakh's largest and wealthiest monastery. It rose to prominence as the site of the world-famous Hemis Festival, which takes place every June.

2. Alchi Monastery: The Alchi Monastery, which dates back to the 12th century, is Ladakh's oldest Buddhist learning center. It is the largest and most famous of Lotsaya Rinchen Zangpo's gompas, located 70 kilometers west of Leh on the banks of the Indus River.

3. Diskit Monastery: Diskit, one of the oldest and most beautiful Buddhist monasteries in Ladakh. Founded by Changzem Tsera Zangpo in the 14th century, it is located in the magnificent Nubra Valley. This one of Ladakh's most famous monasteries gives inner peace and calmness thanks to its gorgeous surroundings.

4. Phyang Monastery: The Phyang Monastery is undoubtedly the most spectacular monastery in Leh Ladakh. It is situated on a hilltop, providing breathtaking views of the surrounding area.

Is there any important points to consider while visiting monasteries and temples in Ladakh?

Monasteries are the heritage of Ladakh and are the most revered and spiritual sites for the local community. Consequently, you will need to follow some unsaid protocols:
  • Don’t photograph monasteries and monks without their permission
  • Wear modest clothing
  • Don’t try and influence locals in other cultures
  • Be humble and smile and greet
  • Try to be a part of the rituals – you will love it

Which are some of the must visit places in Ladakh?

Which are famous treks in Ladakh?

The most famous trek in Ladakh is the Chadar Trek, wherein you get to trek across the frozen Zanskar River. Temperature goes as low as minus 35 degree Celsius but it is one of the most beautiful experiences you would ever have. Other important treks across Ladakh include:

  • Lamayuru to Alchi Trek
  • Ripchar Valley Trek
  • Padum to Darcha Trek
  • Lamayuru to Darcha Trek
  • Markha Valley Trek
  • Lamayuru to Stok Kangri
  • Jhunglam Hemis to Padum Trek
  • Kang Yatse and Dzo Jongo Trek
  • Parang La Trek

What is the best time for festival in Ladakh?

There is no better way to experience the culture of Ladakh than its festivals. As opposed to the festivals celebrated in the rest of the country, the culture here is highly unique and can be quite enchanting for someone interested. The festivals you should be planning to attend include:
  • Losar, during the month of December
  • Sindhu Darshan, during the month of June
  • Hemis Tsechu, during July
  • Ladakh Festival during the month of September
  • Yuru Kabgyat, during the month of June
  • Phyang Tsedup, during late July
  • Thiksey Gustor, mid November
  • Dosmoche, late February
  • Matho Nagrang, mid March
  • Stok Guru Tsechu, during the month of March

As you can see, most of the festivals are held during the summer months and this would be perfect if you are trying to get a glimpse of the unique blend of culture of the mountains.

How advance should me my travel booking?

Ladakh is one of the most popular Himalayan destinations and in the tourist season, between May and November, it’s fully packed. While there would always be availability on the spot, it is safer to book well in advance if you want the best of the trip. With last minute bookings, you might need to compromise due to limited availability.

Can you provide accompanying guide?

Most tourist agencies and trip organizers across Ladakh will be able to provide you with an accompanying guide. Depending on where you plan to go, a local guide will be a valuable asset to the trip. In some case, you might also find an English speaking guide. However, for the same, you will need to enquire and book beforehand.

Is the seating of the Royal Enfiled comfortable for riders/pillions?

If you are riding into Ladakh on a Royal Enfield, it would be best to not have a pillion. The pillion space can be favorably used to tie up your luggage. However, for short trips, where you needn’t carry much, a pillion would be a great idea to save fuel. In general, it would be a comfortable enough ride for the pillion but in some places it can get very jerky and the pillion might want to get down and walk.

What about chargers/adapters in the car?

You will not get to buy extra adapters or chargers for your car after you have reached Ladakh. It is important that you carry spaces. A car charger will be vital to your existence here. While the mobile network keeps fluctuating, you will need to save battery for places that it does connect.

How much spending money should I carry?

For the budget traveler, a minimum of INR 30,000 should be a comforting budget for a weeklong trip across Leh Ladakh. Even if you save some money, you never know when there would be need for emergency cash. Buying food can be pretty expensive but you can always find budget hotels.

Is there any local transportation for sightseeing?

Public buses will mostly be able to take you to important stops across Leh. However, they will also limit you on the time you can spend on each site. Availability is always an issue. The best way to sightseeing is to hire a taxi from Leh or drive your own bike.

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Why are some treks more expensive than others?

The charges for a trek in Ladakh will depend on the difficulty of the terrain. Treks like Chadar Trek will always require a guide and special equipment. Also, depending on the season, some treks might need special equipment, even a snow mobile to get your things across. This adds to the amount you need to pay.

Can I do river rafting in Ladakh?

Ladakh is the land of adventures. There are a lot of opportunities if you have been planning for river rafting. However, here are also the most dangerous rapids to put yourself into. However, with risk also comes the fun! For river rafting, there are mainly two rivers – the Indus flowing southeast and then into Pakistan and the Zanskar River, the north flowing tributary of the Indus.
 Adding to the swift flowing rapids is the undulating terrain, criss crosses by ancient monasteries, beautiful valleys and remote villages.

The most prominent river rafting location is from Phey to Nimmo in Ladakh. If you are a beginner, the ideal stretch would be between Phey and Saspol and again between Kharu and Spituk. If you are looking for a more adventurous day, go for the stretch between Chilling and Nimmo on the Zanskar River! Be prepared to combat Grade 4 rapids!

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What shopping I can do in Ladakh?

While your trip in Ladakh is a memory of a lifetime, it also sounds delightful to be able to bring some kind of souvenir from the country of passes. Well, Ladakh is famous for its:
  • Pashmina Shawls
  • Chokste (Tibetan Tables)
  • Prayer Wheels
  • Thangka Paintings (silk)
  • Tibetan silver jewelry
  • Hand woven carpets Dragon motif textiles

What is Local Cuisine of Ladakh that one should must taste?

If you are traveling to Ladakh, there are some traditional dishes that you must try out. They will include:
  • Chhupri (cheese from Yak milk)
  • Butter Tea
  • Momos
  • Thukpa (Tibetan Soup)
  • Thenktuk
  • Tigmo (steamed bread served with stew)
  • Mokthuk
  • Kulcha
  • Qahwa
  • Langar

What will be the facility for water and food? Do I need to carry any eatables?

Once you leave the main town center, finding a shop selling water bottles or biscuits would be a rarity. Even if they do, the prices can be bewildering. It is always necessary that you carry your own water. Food items like chocolate bars, nuts, glucose biscuits and the like can be life savers in your Ladakh trip.

Can I to go to Manali to Leh with 1 stop at Sarchu? Is it possible?

Manali to Leh is a total distance of 473 kilometers. It is necessary that you take a few breaks. Sarchu is 230 kilometers from Manali and would be a motorable distance within a day. However, the road after that can get a bit tasking. Driving continuously in this terrain is a great experience but you will need to save the energy for later. While a break at Sarchu is mandatory, it will also help if you can add a few more stop over.

Can I visit Nubra Valley and come back on the same day?

Leh to Nubra Valley would take 6 hours of drive, which is pretty doable if you start early in the morning. Consequently, you can go to Nubra Valley and be back at Leh at the same day. However, this way you also miss the breathtaking beauty of Nubra and the road you travel across. A night’s stay in camps at Nubra is highly recommended. Only if you are too short of time, you will want to be back on the same day and not go back!

Will I find ATMs in Leh? Are debit cards or credit cards easily usable at different places?

There will be a few ATM stops on your route to Leh and it is important that you get the cash required for the trip. Important stops for ATMs include Ganderbal, Kargil and Drass. Next to this, you will find an ATM at Keylong and the next one at Leh. Finding an ATM after that is hard.

There would be a few hotels in Leh and Ladakh that would accept credit cards or debit cards. IT is however best to have cash handy.

Are there any money exchanging facility?

The State Bank of India has a couple of currency exchange facilities in Kargil and Leh. However, it helps if you are already carrying enough cash in Indian currency before you have entered this territory.

Which all network services work suitably in Ladakh?

BSNL postpaid will be the best answer to this question. Nothing else seems to work better.

Can small kids go to Ladakh?

Kids can be taken to a Ladakh trip but it is recommended that they don’t tag along to high altitude area like Khardungla Pass. With low air pressure and lack of oxygen, it can be a problem to find medical help.

What vaccination is required before visiting Ladakh?

The recommended pre-exposure vaccinations before your trip to Ladakh include:
  • Hep A
  • Typhoid
  • Tetanus
There is no risk of Malaria at this elevation and you need not take one.

What is High Altitude sickness? What are its symptoms? How much time it may take to get acclimatize in Ladakh?

High Altitude Sickness (HAS) or simply Mountain Sickness is experienced due to decreasing levels of oxygen and air pressure. While there are three kinds of HAS: acute altitude sickness or mountain sickness (AMS), high altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) and high altitude cerebral edema, the symptoms are more or less the same and include:
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Respiratory failure (extreme)
  • Coma (extreme)
  • And even death in some cases

It is necessary that you get acclimatized to the Ladakh environment before stating on any kind of trip across the region. Two days of acclimatization is generally recommended for any tourist.

What should I do if I encounter any medical emergency?

Medical emergencies are quite frequent in Ladakh. It is necessary that you carry you own medical kit. If things go out of hand, you can always get help in the army camps. They are perhaps the ones that have been saving a lot of tourists from a certain death.

Can we take help from army in case of any emergency?

Whether you are stranded on the road or are having a medical emergency, the Indian Army is your only hope. Army jawans will readily take you to their camps and help you with medical and other emergencies. They will even give you essentials like food, warm water and bedding for the night, before you are ready to go again.

Are Leh and Ladakh same?

The answer is yes and no. Allow us to explain.

The state of Jammu and Kashmir is divided into three different regions. They are - Jammu, Kashmir Valley, and Ladakh. The latter is the northernmost part of the state and it shares its borders with Pakistan and China. The state only had one district till 1979, but post that, it was divided into two.

These two districts are - Kargil and Leh. Leh is the capital city, as well as the largest district of Ladakh, located in the northeastern part of the region. When people talk about touring ‘Leh Ladakh’, they usually mean the Leh region of Ladakh, which is known for its stunning natural beauty and breathtaking vistas.

Coming back to the question, in a sense, yes, Leh Ladakh are the same because the famous tourist destination is Leh, which is a part of Ladakh province. When people talk about going on a visit to Leh Ladakh, they are referring to Leh district and there is no separate ‘Ladakh’ region to explore. 

But if we consider geographically, they are not the same because Ladakh is much larger than Leh, and envelops the district along with Kargil. Leh is a part of Ladakh, but we cannot say that the two entities are the same.

How far is Ladakh from Leh

When tourists and travellers talk about going to ‘Leh Ladakh’ - it always sounds as if they are two different places far apart from each other, and that is why it has become a very common query to ask how far away the two places are from each other. But the truth is that the answer to that question is impossible because Leh is, in fact, the capital of Ladakh.

The state of Jammu and Kashmir is divided into three different regions. Two of them are, as the name indicates, Jammu province and Kashmir Valley, and the third region is Ladakh. Ladakh is the northernmost part of J&K, and it is adjacent to Indo-Pakistan and Indo-Chinese borders. In 1979, Ladakh was divided into two districts. One of them is Leh, which is also the capital city, and the other is Kargil. 

Leh is the part of Ladakh which is famous among tourists, and people from all over the country travel to see the beauty of this area. People tend to get confused about the name of the region, but what they call Leh Ladakh usually only refers to Leh.

Since Ladakh comprises both Kargil and Leh, you cannot determine a fixed distance between the two. Ladakh covers the entire northeastern region of the state of J&K, and Leh is its largest district.

How to reach Ladakh?

By Bus

There are two highways that go from the major cities in North India all the way to Leh. These are Leh-Srinagar highway and Leh-Manali highway. 

Leh-Manali highway covers over 490 kilometres, going through Rohtang, Gramphu, Darcha, Baralacha La, Lachulung La, Tanglang La, Gya and Karu. The Manali Highway is open from May to September, and it is considered as one of the safest ways to travel to Ladakh. 

On the other hand, Leh-Srinagar highway stretches over 434 kilometres and covers Sonmarg, Zoji La Pass, Kargil, Mulbek, and Saspol. This highway is open only from May to October. It is one of the most adventurous roads in the world because of the rough terrain, and the narrow Zoji La pass located several thousands of metres above the sea level. It is not recommended to take this path during winters, because the roads can get slippery and it can be difficult to cross the pass. It is safe to reach Leh by air in winters as the Srinagar-Leh Highway may be closed from Sonamarg due to snow.

Private buses, as well as government-run services, from Srinagar and Manali, are easily available. The Srinagar highway is only open to buses from June to October, while the Manali route is open from June to September. This is because of the closure of Rohtang Pass due to heavy snowfall in winters.

By Train

The nearest railway station to Ladakh is 700 kilometres away in Tawi. Although it receives trains from all major Indian cities like Kolkata, Mumbai, and Delhi, it is not recommended to take this route. Cab fare to go from Tawi to Ladakh is extremely high. In peak tourist season, it will cost you anywhere from INR 10000 to 15000 to hire a private taxi. Not only that, but it will also take you 2 to 3 days to reach Ladakh from the railway station.

By Air 

This is the most convenient method to reach Ladakh. Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport, located in Leh, receives International flights from Delhi, as well as domestic flights from Srinagar, Chandigarh and Jammu. 

From the airport, you can take a taxi to reach your hotel. It is advisable to book accommodation before booking tickets, especially if you are travelling in peak season. The airport also has strict security because it is a military terminal, so make sure that you have all the documentation you need. Flight from Delhi to Leh starts at prices as low as INR 8000.

By Bike/Car 

It is not uncommon for tourists to embark on a journey to Leh on a bike. The route offers some of the most scenic views of the valley, and biking on the beautiful roads is a popular vacationist activity in Leh Ladakh. 

As mentioned above, there are two highways that you can take to reach your destination. But if you are a novice, it is not advisable to go via the Srinagar Highway as it can be quite dangerous. 

It is also important to pick a sturdy bike for your travels. The terrain in this area is quite rocky, so choose a bike that has higher displacement. You can also hire a motorcycle from Srinagar or Manali. Depending on the season and the brand, it can cost anywhere from INR 1700 to INR 3500 per day. If you are planning to hire a bike, do carry important identity documents, as the service provider may ask for them.

Is it safe to travel to Leh Ladakh

Although thousands of tourists visit Leh Ladakh every year, it is understandable if you are still apprehensive about travelling to the place. The high altitude, unavailability of modern facilities, winding roads, harsh weather conditions, rough terrain, and conflict in parts of Jammu and Kashmir - all of these factors contribute to the uncertainty people feel when planning a trip to this region. 

To clear the air in one word -- yes, Ladakh is completely safe to visit. A more detailed response will depend on what aspect you are most worried about. 

1. Rough Terrain

Leh Ladakh is perfectly safe for travelling, as long as you take care of some safety measures. Follow the aforementioned precautions and plan your vacation today. It will be one of the most unparalleled experiences of your life. Choose a vehicle, preferably an SUV, which not just provides space and comfort but also keeps moving on bumpy roads.

The winding roads with broken and bad conditions often scare drivers from visiting the stunning location altogether. The dry and cold weather, along with rough and rocky terrain only tend to add to the fear. 

While all that is not invalid, the spectacular natural splendor of the valley certainly makes up for it. You can hire a taxi if you are unsure about your own driving skills, and you can undergo training that will help you thrive and survive in Leh Ladakh. It is natural to worry about these things, but thousands of people undertake the trip every year and while the terrain may not exactly be unsafe, it is certainly difficult. 

2. Altitude Problems

The highway to Leh Ladakh from Srinagar and Manali allows for a gradual increase in altitude, so as long as you do not exert yourself, your body will be able to adjust to the change on its own. Acute mountain sickness, which causes headache, dizziness and nausea at high altitudes, is only a risk when there is a sudden change in altitude. Still, it would be precautionary to take some emergency medication with you and avoid drinking and smoking on your way. If you take basic precautions and keep yourself hydrated, your journey will get a lot enjoyable. 

3. Turmoil in Kashmir

Kashmir has witnessed disturbance over the last few years, and it may cause apprehension among some people, but you may go via Sonmarg which is 3 hours away from Srinagar. 
Although the people welcome tourists, it is advisable to not wander around or go to unknown places. To ease your woes, make sure you have a local contact in case of an emergency. Rallies in Kashmir rarely have any impact on Ladakh, so you should be safe on your trip to Ladakh. 

4. Safety in Ladakh

The people of Ladakh are warm and welcoming. The peace-loving hosts will ensure that despite the low mobile connectivity and remoteness of the place, you will not feel homesick or unsafe, even if you are a solo traveller or a female traveller. If you get stuck anywhere due to non-availability of resources like fuel and food, do not worry! Apart from the helpful locals, you will meet many tourists who will flock on the same roads on Ladakh as you, and you can always bank on them to rescue you in case of an emergency.

5. Chinese Intrusions

The problem of intrusions by Chinese soldiers is only relevant in places that are close to the Indo-Chinese border. Most of the border adjacent villages are quite far away from tourist destinations on your way. You will not witness any army presence or security issues as long as you stay on your path.

So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags already, because the mountains are calling!

Is Ladakh safe for tourists?

A lot of people are afraid of undertaking a trip to this magical destination because of several factors, like rough terrain, harsh weather, high altitude, and political problems in Kashmir Valley. But the truth is that the region is extremely safe for tourists. Why else would thousands of people visit Leh every year and return with unparalleled memories? 

Sure, Kashmir sees cross-border attacks and incursions, but none of it is anywhere close to Leh, Ladakh. Even Chinese intrusions are only common in villages that are adjacent to the border. The turmoil in Kashmir is only centred around Srinagar, and if you want to be extremely safe, you can avoid taking the Srinagar Leh Highway. Kargil is also free of any political turmoil, so rest assured that you will not be caught in the middle of any unrest in the valley.

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Now coming to the harsh weather conditions, rough terrain, winding roads, and the problem of high altitude. It is no secret that all these problems do exist in Ladakh, but there are precautions that can be taken to make your journey easier. Most of the high passes will reward you with remarkable beauty you will not see anywhere else. The landscape may be barren and the terrain rocky, but it only takes a day or two for getting used to it, and the sight of majestic mountain peaks all around you more than makes up for it.

High altitude results in thin air and low air pressure that may cause difficulty in breathing and Acute Mountain Sickness. The weather is dry and cold, with temperatures at night dropping below freezing point. All these problems can be tackled if you follow a well-planned itinerary and take some precautions. Carry medicines with you at all times, take a rest every few hours, and stay hydrated.

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To summarize, yes, Ladakh is completely safe for tourists. The political turmoil is far away from the tourist destinations, and the rough landscape is certainly difficult to not navigate, but that does not mean that it is unsafe in any way.

Is Leh Ladakh worth visiting?

The region of Ladakh lies in the scenic Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. The Ladakhi landscape varies from glacial mountain ranges to the stark dry mountains of the Karakoram with huge blends of the Great Himalayan mountains. Apart from the high-rise mountain peaks, the huge panoramic diversity could go anywhere from pristine blue water lakes, to the highest motorable roads and hairpin bends in the world. In terms of culture, the Ladakhi culture offers a very unique influx of the Indo-Aryans and the people of Tibetan descent. With such a huge amalgamation of geographical wonders, cultural diversities and uniqueness in flora and fauna, Ladakh surely makes for a worth visiting destination for everyone at least once.

Here are some of the major attractions that make Ladakh worth-a-visit for every person who is a traveller and an adventurer at heart.

1. High stark mountains in the backdrop of a cold desert. 
The highlands of Ladakh are draped in multitudes of colors red, brown, orange, and green topped with white Himalayan peaks that are very well combined with blue skies in the day and starlit skies paired with multiple constellations and shooting stars at night. All in all, Ladakh is a blend of rugged mountains, clear skies, fresh mountain air, and barren desert-scapes that offer high-on-adrenaline demand treks and motorcycle rides across the region.

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2. The pristine blue waters of the many lakes.
From the popular Pangong Lake to Tso Moriri Lake, the lakes of Ladakh brim with clear blue waters in the picturesque setting of blue skies and austere mountains of the Karakoram and the Himalayas. These lakes offer great panoramas in terms of photography and offer unrealistic natural reflections down the clear blue waters. Some popular Bollywood films like 3 Idiots and Jab Tak Hai Jaan were shot by these beautiful lake sites in Ladakh. 

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3. The Buddhist Monasteries and the Gompas
Ladakh is popularly known to be one of the oldest abodes of the many Buddhist monasteries and Gompas in India. Ladakh was one of the premiers places to set the chronicles of Buddhism in India. Some of the popular monasteries are Hemis, Thiksey, Stok, and Lamayuru including one Buddhist Stupa which is an eye-catcher called the Shanti Stupa. 

4. The local Tibetan food. 
Ladakh is a foodie's delight who is in to savour their tastebuds with locally cooked Momos, Chutagis (dumpling soup), Skew, Gur Gur Cha (butter tea) and Thukpas that definitely stand way out of the alternatives found in the urban Indo-Tibetan restaurants. 

5. The unique flora and fauna.
The mountainous terrain of Ladakh is home to a wide variety of fauna like the Bharal or the blue sheep that is found in the areas of Zanskar and Sham. Another important wildlife feature is the Asiatic Ibex and the Ladakhi Urial which is popularly found in Ladakh other than the Yaks and the Double Humped Camels that can be spotted down the dry highlands of the Nubra Valley. 

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6. The local monastic festivals.
The local monastic festivals of Ladakh that are typically held during the winter months offer a visual delight. The colours, with touches of local dances and folk songs in the backdrop of the traditional monasteries and the surreal landscape, is yet another unworldly thing to cherish.

Is Pangong Lake camping safe?

Recently, around the mid of September 2018, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court has directed to remove all the illegal camping settlements, restaurants, Dhabas and huts in and around the Pangong Lake of Ladakh. These had recently come up in order to meet the demands of irresponsible tourists. In fact, under the orders of the notice, even the sites by the Indian Army have been asked to relocate to some other nearby area.

This responsible initiative by the High Court was taken under the negative circumstances of a very irresponsible wave of tourism that Ladakh has lately witnessed, which has largely followed the fame of the popular Bollywood film '3 Idiots' and the age of 'Instagram' and blooming 'Travel Influencers'. Considering the ecological fragility of the Pangong Lake, it has seen terrible ecological footprints that have resulted in contamination of the lake, the lakeside and also of the flora and fauna of the region.

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Into the unconsciousness of this issue, a lot of campsites that had failed to operate under the coverage of this notice were demolished by the higher authorities to ensure the knack of sustainable tourism and more importantly for the conservation and preservation of the Pangong Lake. 

Therefore, considering the mold of how the legal authorities in Ladakh are ensuring the sustainability of the Pangong Lake over the development of commercial campsites and ignorance of feckless tourists, the complete frenzy of camping has been rubbed off the Pangong Lake.

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Hence, it is not legally safe to camp by the banks of Pangong Lake. However, this in no way means, you cannot visit Pangong Lake. Pangong Tso is ideally welcoming tourists for a short day's trip where you get to enjoy the scenic panorama and the blue hues of the Pangong Tso minus the ecologically fragile idea of camping.

Is there any oxygen problem in Leh?

Leh is located at a high altitude - nearly 10,000 feet above sea level. As one climbs higher, the amount of oxygen in the air begins to fall. So, yes, there is less oxygen in Leh, as compared to low altitude and plane areas.

Effects of low oxygen levels:

Low oxygen levels and a decrease in air pressure can be harmful to people who suffer from asthma, respiratory problems, and for senior citizens. It may get difficult for them to breathe. Thin air can also result in Acute Mountain Sickness or AMS. Your body may not have enough time to adapt to the quickly changing environment. Paired with low oxygen, and highly demanding activities like trekking and hiking can further aggravate the problem. AMS itself may cause headache, fatigue, stomach problems, nausea, dizziness, and even vomiting.

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Acclimatization:

But there are certain steps that can be taken to prevent these problems. First of all, low oxygen causes problems like AMS only when there is a sudden change in altitude. The terrain of Leh is such that there is a gradual increase in altitude, so most people get used to less oxygen slowly over the course of their journey. People who have medical problems should carry medication and get the approval of their doctors. The key is to travel slowly, and not strain your body. Allow yourself to get acclimatized to the surroundings. Also, take care not to drink or smoke. 

Medicines to carry:

Remember to take all necessary medication like Diamox, Aspirin, and Dexamethasone with you. You can also opt to carry oxygen cylinders if you suffer from asthma and the problems get severe. Make a list of all the hospitals and medical dispensaries nearby in case of an emergency. Get a complete physical checkup before you leave too, and ask your doctor if it is okay for you to undertake the trip.

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General precautions against AMS

The low oxygen problem in Leh is not really a ‘problem,’ if you make a proper Ladakh trip itinerary and allow your body some time to rest and recharge. As soon as you land in Leh, take a day off just to acclimatize. Drink plenty of water, and stay away from overexertion. If you start feeling any symptoms of AMS, treat them right away. Avoid overheating, alcohol, and cigarettes. If you are prone to AMS, do not spend too much time at high altitude passes, and ascend the altitude slowly.

Leh is breathtaking in its beauty. Enjoy the spectacular vistas to the fullest by following the aforementioned precautions.

Is trekking difficult in Ladakh?

Ladakh is a treasure trove of treks. From green valleys covered with beautiful flowers to frozen rivers, from glimpses of snow leopards to barren paths where not a leaf can be seen - the sheer variety of landscapes here is stunning. 

The difficulty level of the trails in Ladakh is also as variable as its landscape. If you are a novice to trekking, there are several easy trails, like Padum to Darcha, Ripchar Valley trek, and Lamayuru to Darcha where you will see nothing but straight paths and striking vistas. Walk over rope bridges with clear blue water rushing underneath, witness majestic mountains all around you, and explore the charming villages dotted along the valley.

For those of you who have some experience with trekking, there are some trails with moderate difficulty level, like Lamayuru to Alchi and Markha Valley trek. Experience adventurous activities like crossing the Shang La Pass, visit ancient monasteries, and climb Stok Kangri. Witness the majestic mountain peaks lost in fluffy white clouds, and gaze at the sky painted in a hue of blue you have never seen before.

For the truly adventurous souls who love nothing more than an adrenaline rush, there are plenty of trails that are classified as difficult. The most popular are the frozen river trek at Chadar, Snow Leopard Trek, Stok Kangri and Lamayuru to Chilling. The unparalleled beauty of these trails can only be believed once seen, and it is not easy to undertake them. But some hard work and determination are all it takes, so do not be afraid to undertake this adventure after proper preparation.

In conclusion, not all treks in Ladakh are difficult. You can always find something that suits your endurance levels. There are plenty of trails that are easy to conquer with very little training. So, plan your trip to this one-of-a-kind destination today!

How can I go to Leh Ladakh by train?

Jammu Tawi is the closest railway station from Ladakh. It is well connected with all the major cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata. The distance between Jammu Tawi and Leh is about 700 km and you can easily pre-book a cab, rent a taxi or board a bus in order to reach Ladakh from that point.

Other major railroad stations nearby Leh are Pathankot and Chandigarh. But it takes around 3 days to reach Ladakh from these locations. This method is very inconvenient and most voyagers to Leh mostly tend to avoid it.

However, if you are planning to visit Leh in near future, then there might be some good news in store for you. Indian Railways is planning to connect Leh with rail line by 2022. The 465 Bilaspur-Manali-Leh broad-gauge line at 5360 meters above the sea level will be the world’s highest railway line which plans to halve the travel time between the national capital Delhi to Leh to just 20 hours. This line will also include India’s first underground railway station in Keylong. The proposed project includes 74 tunnels, 396 minor bridges and 124 major bridges.

The proposed rail road will pass through the Shivaliks, Himalayas and the Zanskar range. Being one of the most ambitious railway projects ever, the only one that even compares to this is the Qinghai-Tibet line that lies in China at a height of around 2000 metres above sea level. Indian railways has sought the help of US for satellite imagery to survey the route as well as use Lidar method for a better understanding of the geology of the route.

The line will connect Sundernagar, Mandi, Manali, Keylong, Koksar, Darcha, Upshi and Karu and other important towns of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir enroute to Leh. Proposed to be the world’s highest railway line, this project will cover 465 kilometres and pass through four mountain passes namely Rohtang La, Baralacha La, Lachung La and Tangla La.

What is best Leh Ladakh itinerary?

For places like Ladakh, which has plenty of destinations to explore, it is important that you plan your itinerary carefully to get the most out of your trip. Not only will it make your trip less labour-intensive and more enjoyable, you will also be able to cover maximum tourist spots in a lesser number of days. Not to mention, it will also save you plenty of money.

This 7 days and 6 nights trip to Ladakh is your best chance at experiencing the magic of the region in all its splendour. Spend the first day getting acclimatized to the weather and explore Shanti Stupa in the evening. Witness the gorgeous, tangerine sunset at Sunset Point and soak in the panorama of Leh.

On the second day ride to Magnetic Hill will confound and delight you, as you see your car being pulled up the hill as if by a magical force. Witness the vibrant hues mixing in with each other at the junction of Indus and Zanskar rivers. This will be followed by a spiritual visit to Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, and then you can dig into a delicious dinner after your day of sightseeing.

The third day will include adventures like a visit to Nubra Valley, driving over the highest motorable pass in the world, and a camel ride in the white sand dunes of Hundar. Then head on to Pangong Lake with its breathtaking vistas, picturesque hamlets, and a remarkable view of the Indus Valley. Adrenaline junkies will be delighted to cross the Chang La pass which is perched at a height of nearly 18,000 feet.

The return to Leh will be preceded by a sumptuous breakfast overlooking the mesmerizing Pangong Lake. You will also get to explore the beautiful monasteries and Gompas on your drive back. The last day will be spent enjoying meeting the locals, learning about the local traditions and cultural activities. A hot Ladakhi lunch will also be served to satisfy your hunger pangs.

After that, you can board your flight back from the airport, but not before enjoying another mouth-watering breakfast, on the house. 

What is Ladakh famous for?

Ladakh is most famous for breathtaking landscapes, the crystal clear skies, the highest mountain passes, thrilling adventure activities, Buddhist Monasteries and festivals. Not only is it the only place in India where the graceful Double Hump camels found, but it is also the place where you will find the Magnetic Hill, the one-of-a-kind phenomena that defies gravity.

Ladakh gains a lot of popularity for being the only cold desert in India apart from bordering the World’s highest saltwater Lake Pangong Lake. Riding up the highest motorable road in the world, Khardung la is a dream come true for many. The Hunder sand dunes, frozen river trek and snow leopards all find their only home in Ladakh.

Besides that, there are many other things for which Ladakh is famous. Some of them are:

1. Trekking on the high mountains is one of the most sought after adventures of people visiting Ladakh on routes like Chadar Trek, Stock Kangri Trek, Markha Valley Trek, Nubra Valley Trek, Padum to Darcha route, etc. The dangerous heights and the risky valleys by the route make it one of the most famous trek routes to accomplish for adventurers.

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2. Ladakh finds a lot of fame for permitting people to trek on a frozen river which is called the Chadar Trek route, a rare adventure to partake in.

3. The residents of Ladakh make it famous for being the most hospitable and warm to entertain every tourist who visits their land.

4. The Hemis Festival celebrated every summer is Ladakh’s most famous festival which marks the 10th-day of the Tibetian Lunar calendar. It is known for its radiant colours and gigantic décor which adorns the city and its monasteries.

5. Camping by the lakes and valleys like Pangong, Tso Moriri and Nubra Valley adds to the list of reasons why Ladakh is famous.

6. Ladakh is also famous for offering the best of meditative rejuvenation in its monasteries enclosed by beautifully carved walls. It is therefore believed that one feels at their spiritual best when in Ladakh.

7. It allures a lot of people to revel in the very famous white river rafting adventure on the spouting River Zanskar.

8. Another reason why this place claims a lot of fame is because people can witness the magical sight of the convergence of the two rivers, River Zanskar and River Indus before they merge to flow into Pakistan as River Indus.

9. You can find the best of apricots in the winter which makes Ladakh famous for supplying the country with the best yield of the same.

10. Ladakh is also famous for double hump camel rides available only at the glistening sand dunes in the Nubra Valley region.

11. Mountain Biking to the highest motorable mountain pass, Khardungla Pass,  in the world, also makes Ladakh famous across the globe.

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12. You can find the largest National Park in South Asia, Hemis National Park in Ladakh which is famous for housing innumerable leopards and providing natural habitat to them.

13. The silverware sold in Ladakh is also very famous and fascinates people from around the world.

14. You can relish on the best momo’s found in the country at Ladakh apart from its other famous dishes like Tibetian Stew and Ladakhi Bread which is authentically made only in Ladakh.

15. Undeniably, Ladakh lists amongst the most favourite and famous places for photographers who want to bring back unimaginable pictures.

16. Last but not least, the magnetic hill is a much talked about attraction, where one just has to drive till the centre of the spot indicated and experience science and magic, both at once.

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Which car is best for Ladakh trip?

A road trip to Ladakh is a dream trip for every adventure enthusiast. As the magnificent passes entice you with their beauty, it is important to ensure that you are travelling in a vehicle which provides comfort and makes your journey enjoyable. At the same time, your car should be capable of treading on the serpentine roads and formidably move ahead even when there is no surfaced road! After all, the off-roading sojourns coupled with uncertainty is what makes a road trip to Ladakh the most adventurous.

People visit Ladakh in hatchbacks and sedans, but there is always a risk of breaking the car or your back on the weary stretches. Hence, it is advisable to travel in a 4x4 SUV which can pretty much take any challenge head-on.

Here are the factors which one needs to keep in mind before selecting a car for Ladakh trip:

Roads: The roads in Ladakh can be tricky. With unpredictable weather and lack of surfaced roads, it is advisable to visit the place in a car which has a high ground clearance of at least 180mm – a major advantage in SUVs. Your best partner to counter the unpredictable roads in Ladakh will be an SUV which can cruise through steep climbs, rivers flowing across roads and the most difficult terrains. Cars like Scorpio, Thar, Toyota Fortuner and Toyota Innova have a high ground clearance, which gives you an added advantage during your journey.

Engine: Depending upon the number of people travelling, you may choose a car with a powerful engine. You must keep in mind that the car will not only transport the people but also their baggage, which adds a lot to the weight, especially on steep ascents. You can choose to travel in cars like Toyota Fortuner, Pajero, or Mahendra Scorpio, which are very much able to pull it off in difficult terrain.

Fuel Capacity: You may not find petrol pumps frequently on your trip to Ladakh. It is advisable to travel in a car with a higher fuel capacity for longer stretches like Leh to Manali, so that you can concentrate on the mesmerising beauty around and do not have to constantly look at the fuel indicator.

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Space: Ladakh is an arduous journey, and you may want to carry proper clothes and accessories on this adventurous trip. Pack your bags with the necessities and load them in a car which provides ample space for baggage. After all, you may want to stretch your limbs from time to time while travelling on bumpy roads, and a cluttered car will only cause you inconvenience. While choosing your car, ensure that you keep in mind the space required to accommodate the baggage you are carrying on your trip to Ladakh.

Length: Although car space is an important factor to consider, you must keep in mind the sharp and blind turns you will have to pass through on your journey. To avoid difficulties in taking sharp turns, it is advisable to avoid sedans and travel in an SUV which can accommodate your baggage without taking more space on the road.

Apart from these factors, it is advisable to get your car serviced before setting off for Ladakh to eliminate any probable failure during the journey.

Are rented bikes allowed in Leh?

Rented bikes are allowed in Leh and there are numerous shops from where you can rent bikes in Leh after checking the condition, model and make of the bikes. The average rental prices for these bikes ranges between Rs 800 to Rs 1600. It is one of the best ways to explore the beautiful terrains and panoramic landscapes of Leh. Along with sightseeing, its an enthralling activity that you must look forward to indulge in during a vacation in Leh.

However, according to a circular effective from year 2014, the bikes which are rented outside Leh will not be allowed for the purpose of sightseeing. The tourists need to rent bikes in Leh only for that purpose and then go on with the tourism activity. One’s personal bikes are allowed if it's in their own name or father’s name for driving in Leh.  For travelling to places in Leh like Pangong Tso and Nubra Valley, one can rent a bike in Leh only for riding purposes and visiting the local places. 

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Earlier the tourists could rent a bike in Manali and tour Leh and Ladakh on that only. But with the new regulation, outside bikes are not permitted inside Leh as only Jammu registered vehicles are allowed for this. The rented vehicles can be used to drive over the highway but not allowed inside Leh for sightseeing purposes. But the tourists can drive their own vehicles in Leh after they provide proper documentation. 

The Ladakh Bikers Cooperative Ltd issued a circular that motorbikes from Himachal or for that matter any other state will not be allowed beyond Sarchu i.e. the border of Ladakh and Himachal Pradesh. This circular prohibits the entry of vehicles in Leh for any commercial activity and thus requires the tourists to rent bikes in Leh only.

How can I go to Manali from Ladakh?

The distance between Leh and Manali is 490 kilometres and is best covered by the road along the Leh Manali Highway. This highway remains open for only four and a half months in a year during the summer months from last week of May and then when the snow is cleared during mid-September. Connecting the Manali valley to Lahaul and Spiti valley, it is one of the most picturesque routes that you will see in your life. The most fascinating ways to journey from Leh to Manali is on a bike or in a rented taxi or car. You can also bring along your own vehicle if you prefer riding on the highway from Ladakh to Manali.

The highway is replete with numerous landscapes that will leave you speechless as you see so many small streams of ice-cold water, snow clad mountains and glacial melts. The highway is maintained by the Border Roads Organisation and boasts of supporting the heaviest of army vehicles. The two lanes wide highway has over a dozen Bailey bridges along with many damaged stretches which are prone to landslide during the rainy season. 

The route map from Manali to Ladakh is as follows:

Leh-Karu-Upshi-Gya-Tanglang La-More Plains-Pang-Lachulung La-Nakee La-Gata Loops-Sarchu(state border)-Bharatpur-Baralacha La-Zingzingbar-Darcha-Jispa-Keylong-Tandi-Kokhsar-Gramphu-Rohtang Jot-Manali.

The ride from Leh to Manali is generally preferred as one had already become familiar to the high altitudes and moving downwards become easy for the tourists. The first pass that you cross while travelling from Leh to Manali is the Tanglang La Pass. It is one of the most picturesque spots in the entire stretch and located at a height of 5328 metres. After that one crosses the More Plains which are flat bedded plains located amidst the highest hills of India. 

After that, at an altitude of 5079 metres, you will come across Lungalacha La and then Nakee La which is known for its inhabitation. From there the tourists need to cross Gata Loops which are a series of 21 hairpin bends running along a stretch of 7 kilometres. After that one comes across the Baralacha La Pass that connects Lahaul district of Himachal Pradesh to Ladakh district of Jammu and Kashmir. Along the way, there is Surajtal set in the foothills of Baralacha La Pass and known for being the second highest lake in India and the 21st highest lake in the world at an altitude of 4883 metres.

After crossing the Rohtang Pass, a distance of 51 kilometres remain to be covered up to Manali. The road condition from there is average and not as good as you would have seen for the rest of the journey.

The ride from Leh to Manali generally takes two days if you are doing it in a very quick paced manner and it could take more days if the condition of the roads and vehicle are not suitable. The travel time is very uncertain because of the weather and varies as there could be bad stretches of roads, snow crossings, water crossings due to glacial melts and occasional landslides.  The tourists can take overnight halts at Jispa and enjoy a stay in the tented camps at Sarchu. Other overnight stops can be made at Keylong Town.

What are the best Leh Ladakh road trips packages?

Although travelling by air to Ladakh is undoubtedly the most convenient way, but it has one major drawback - you will miss out on the beauty of the untouched valley. The best part of going on Leh Ladakh tour is exploring the untainted roads and raw natural beauty on a road trip.

We offer several packages that will take you through the stunning landscape. Depending on the vehicle you take, the number of days you spend on the road, and whether you are traveling with a group or solo - the cost will be variable. But one thing is certain - the spectacular landscapes you will witness will make you want to keep coming back.

Below are some of the best Leh Ladakh road trip packages:

Leh Srinagar 8 day trip

The cheapest tour is an 8 day and 7 nights Leh-Srinagar sightseeing tour that will take you through all the major destinations like Shanti Stupa, Magnetic Hill, and Chang La. Witness the beauty of Pangong Lake at 14,000 feet and get to know the locals. Learn about Ladakhi traditions before heading back to Srinagar, exploring the beauty of Kargil and crossing the most dangerous pass in the world, the Zoji La.

Manali Leh 12 day trip

Our most popular tour, however, is the Manali Leh Jeep safari of 12 days, with 6 other people in an SUV. You will get to witness the exotic and surreal beauty of Ladakh in all its glory with this package, not to mention a tour of the picturesque Manali town covering Beas Valley and Kullu. It will cost you 37k INR, but the memories you will make witnessing the color changing lake of Pangong or sheer dream-like charm of Nubra Valley will be priceless. 

Srinagar Leh Manali 11 day tour

For 11 days and 10 nights, forget everything you have known about the world, and embark on a journey that will make you marvel at the natural beauty around you. Take a round trip that starts at Srinagar and ends at Manali, checking off every tourist hotspot along the way. From the striking vision of Dal Lake in Srinagar to the mesmerizing Khardung La and Nubra Valley in Ladakh, and the remarkable Rohtang Pass in Manali, this package covers literally everything. At just 36k, you will spend 11 blissful days in the lap of nature.

Ladakh Manali 9 day tour

Start at Leh airport, and explore the simplicity and beauty of Ladakh as you make your way towards Delhi Bus Stand via Manali. At the price of just 29k, plan a stress-free trip where you get to witness the beautiful monasteries in Ladakh, enjoy the natural greenery of Manali and take a stroll in the lush green meadows in the Himalayas. All of this, without worrying about trivialities like food and accommodation.

Here are the details about our bike tour packages. Please take note that the cost of the package varies according to your mode of conveyance - whether you choose a package where you bring your own bike or use one of our bikes with or without a rider.

Leh Ladakh 6 days bike tour

Embark on this 6 days and 5 nights tour and explore the versatile landscape of Ladakh on a bike, witnessing the raw beauty of the region and enjoying the thrill of the ride. From rocky terrain where nothing but the desert stretches out as far as the eye can see, to majestic mountains whose snow-capped peaks disappear into cotton white clouds, Ladakh has rich landscapes of every kind imaginable. For an adventure enthusiast, there is nothing better than riding along the serpentine roads, looking at the deep gorges and exploring the majestic mountains.

Manali to Leh from Delhi 12 days bike tour

The 12 days and 11 nights tour starting from Delhi is every biker’s dream come true. The motorcycle journey from Manali to Leh is rife with abundant natural beauty and rich landscapes that make you want to stop and stare forever. Take this package if you want to catch the beauty of Manali before exploring Ladakh.

Manali Leh Srinagar 12 days bike tour

Cover the stunning beauty of all three cities on a roundabout trip where you will get to witness the majestic Himalayas in all their splendor. The golden apple orchards of Srinagar, the emerald covered valleys of Ladakh, and the tourist hotspots of Manali are the highlight of this trip.

Srinagar - Leh - Manali - Delhi 11 days bike tour

Cherish every moment of this exquisite journey from Srinagar to Delhi via Leh and Manali as you cover narrow passes and serpentine roads in an adrenaline rush-inducing adventure. Gaze at the infinite wonders of mother nature in a quiet moment of introspection and self-reflection. If you love photography, you will also get to click some of the most stunning shots of your life.

How can we plan a budget trip to Ladakh?

So you have decided to take the plunge and determined that you will take a trip to the coveted Leh Ladakh region. But you do not have a lot of cash to fork out. Don't worry, we've got your back. Our 6 days, 7 nights backpacking tour in Ladakh will make your dreams come true without burning a hole in your pocket. Priced just under INR 10k, we’ve got an unbeatable deal for you where you get to experience the magic of Ladakh without putting your children under debt while doing it (we kid, just a little).

The tour is taken in the summer and spring months, from May to September, and there are at least 4 to 5 departure dates predetermined every month. Pick up and drop off facilities will be included in your package, along with accommodation, transport in between the tourist destinations, and an experienced guide to help you throughout the journey.

It will cover all the major tourist destinations in the region, from Shanti Stupa and magnetic hill to Hall of Fame, Pangong Lake, Shey Palace, and Stok village. Witness the exquisite beauty of Ladakh in all its naked splendor. The rich valley is blessed with a variety of landscapes, ranging from rugged and rocky terrains where the desert stretches out as far as the eye can see, to snow-covered majestic mountain peaks disappearing into the clouds, and lush green valleys with wildflowers blooming in vibrant hues.

Day 1
The journey begins at the arrival point where our representative will pick you up and help you get to the hotel. You will have a day to get used to the higher altitude and thin air of the region, after which you can visit the Shanti Stupa in the evening if you feel up for it. This is also a local bazaar which is worth exploring. 

Day 2
The second day begins with a picturesque drive to the confluence of Zanskar and Indus rivers, followed by a spiritual visit to the Gurudwara Pathar. You will also get to enjoy the delightful experience of your car going up the Magnetic Hill in neutral gear. Visit the school where Aamir Khan's Rancho studied in 3 Idiots, and enjoy a moment of quiet reflection in Spituk Gompa. In the evening, you will return from the Sham Valley to Leh, where you will stay for the night. 

Day 3
For the adventure enthusiasts, the most exciting lag of the journey begins on the third day when you will head to the Nubra Valley via one of the world's highest motorable roads on the Khardung La pass. Don't forget to take your camera along, because the Nubra Valley is filled with breathtaking views at every turn. You will also get to enjoy the unique experience of riding a double-humped camel. There's more to it! Check out the beautiful Diskit Monastery in the evening. The accommodation that night will be arranged in the valley itself. 

Day 4
Soak in the remarkable views of the world's highest saltwater lake at 14000 feet above sea level when you go visit the Pangong Lake the next day. Spend a few minutes lounging by the lake and breathe in the natural, pollution-free environs. Since the night stay is at a camp near the lake, you can take a stroll at the banks under the star-studded dome. It will indeed be one of the most unforgettable nights of your life. 

Day 5
On the fifth day, the crew will return to Leh via Chang La pass. On the way, you will have a stopover at Thiksey Gompa where you’ll get to enjoy the sight of thousands of little colorful flags fluttering in the wind, as the monastery bells ring in the background. You will also get to visit the beautiful Shey Gompa and Palace which is a mesmerizing site on its own. When you return to Leh in the evening, take the rest of the day off to shake off the exhaustion of traveling and relax and rejuvenate at the hotel. If you are feeling up for it, visit the local market and get some souvenirs for your loved ones back home.

Day 6 
On the last day, the crew will head to an offbeat location called Stok village where you will get to witness the untainted and virgin Ladakh culture. Get to know the locals and enjoy the piping hot Ladakhi delicacies. Take the day to experience the unbridled and untamed local experience from up close. You will return to Leh in the evening where you will stay at the hotel. The next day, you will be dropped off at the airport to catch your flight back home.

This itinerary will let you cover almost all the tourist hotspots in the region while staying within your budget. To make sure that the trip is safe and enjoyable for you as well as your fellow travelers, pay attention to the tour leaders and make sure you carry some basic medications and a first aid kit with you.

Which are the best Leh Ladakh tour and travel operators?

Ladakh is a popular tourist destination, and there are many tour operators with various offers for you to explore the place. With Thrillophilia, you can enjoy the place without having to worry about your itinerary and safety. We bet you will not miss out on any place of tourist attraction as we plan your itineraries to perfection.

To give you a cultural experience in Ladakh, we have local guides who will be your instructors along the tour. Prepare yourself to explore Ladakh with a localite as they take you to places and tell you tales of the place, all this while your safety is ensured even if you are a solo traveller or travelling in a group. 

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Thrillophilia’s Project Ladakh

Over 1.5 lakh people visit Ladakh every year and of those, 10,000 choose to travel with Thrillophilia. It is no surprise to anyone that Ladakh is slowly emerging as one of the most famous tourist hotspots in India. With our constant endeavour to deliver customer-oriented products, Thrillophilia has certainly contributed to helping Ladakh grow as a tourism epicentre.
Over the last few years, we have created 55 new products with itineraries that are designed as per client demands.

We have also crafted over 20 new programs collaborating with locals in order to boost tourism in the valley. Our marketing team has worked hard to promote Ladakh on our website. With 650,000 visitors on our platform last year alone, and over 250 social media posts with a reach of nearly 500,000 - Thrillophilia’s team has made its mark in the online market. We also crafted 150 content pieces to provide website visitors with any information they may need before planning their Ladakh trip.

Giving back to the community

We work hard not just to deliver excellent products to our customers, but our platform also engages with locals in order to expand the monetary growth of the locals. Thrillophilia is engaged with 25 local operators in the region, with nearly 400 Ladakhis involved in our projects. Our company conducts Leh Ladakh tours for nearly 10,000 customers and believes in giving back to the community by hiring locals to conduct the tours.

Consider the story of Tani, a local Ladakhi, who did not have any job prospects, no education, and consequently, no future when we first met him. But everything changed after we did. The Thrillophilia team recognized that although he may not know how to read, he has unparalleled motorcycle riding skills in the mountains, and that’s what makes him special. He did not have any experience in the travel industry, but we recognized that with just a little bit of training, he could prove to be a valuable member of the team.

Tani is now a permanent member of a local Thrillophilia crew, and he acts as a co-leader on several bike trips throughout the year. Not only has this helped him put food on the table, he also has a newfound purpose in life and he is excited to wake up every day to go to work. We are not just a travel operator looking to make a quick buck, we care deeply for the community, and believe in giving back, as much as we care about our customers.

If you choose to travel with us, not only will you get a customized tour package with the best services at an economic rate, you will also be donating indirectly to the hundreds of Ladakhi homes connected with Thrillophilia. Our brand has created a steady income for these families, not to mention the fact that by boosting tourism in the region, we have also generated a revenue stream for locals not working with us.
 
It is indeed a matter of pride for us that we have helped put food in the mouths of hundreds of people and raised the standard of living for these families. By altogether eliminating the role of the middlemen, we have given these families a chance to work for their livelihood by empowering them with knowledge and experiences. 

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Education in Ladakh

Besides empowering the locals be eliminating the need of a middle agent, we have also endeavoured to push the next generation towards a brighter future. We have helped in setting up a computer lab in a school in Ladakh so that the Ladakhi kids can ride the wave of Digital India just like the rest of the country.

It is no surprise to anyone that connecting with the rest of the world is perhaps the best way to learn more and expand your horizons. By helping the local kids get in touch with the internet, we are empowering them to shape their own future and helped lessen the ‘remoteness’ of the region. We have also collaborated with Project Milaap and contributed solar lanterns to the locals. You can join the project too and make a contribution.

By choosing to make a booking with us, you will be choosing a top-notch service for yourself. But at the same time, you will also be making a contribution to the betterment of the local community and helped Ladakhis achieve their dreams. Now that’s what we call a win-win.

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Which is the best Leh Ladakh package for couples?

Whether you are thinking of planning a Leh Ladakh trip with your girlfriend or thinking of spending your honeymoon amidst the infinite beauty of the valley, you will be delighted to know that Thrillophilia offers affordable and luxurious honeymoon package for couples like you. The itinerary is planned in such a way that you will get plenty of chances to spend some intimate moments with your loved one.

This 7 days Leh Ladakh package for couples can be availed at a low price of 27k INR. Enjoy romantic moments and a comfortable stay with your beloved, as our team has taken special care while choosing hotels which are couple friendly, with rooms on a double or twin sharing basis. You will find that the hotel staff is extremely discreet and respects your privacy. Our tour includes transportation facilities and a tour guide to help you throughout the journey so you can spend time making memories with your partner instead of worrying about the trivialities.

The package also includes any sightseeing costs as well as camping charges, where you can multiply the romance with your dear one. To add to your relief, the inner line permit needed when you enter Nubra Valley and Pangong Lake, as well as environmental and wildlife fees are also included within the package, allowing you to spend quality time in the mountains without having to worry about the formalities.

Enjoy a never before experienced romantic holiday in the heart of Ladakh, filled with eye-pleasing vistas, mysterious landscapes, and serene environment. Take couple of photos with snow-capped mountain peaks disappearing into white cotton clouds in the background as they serve as a symbol of love for you years down the line. Witness the beauty of harsh rocky terrains stretching out as far as the eye can see, walk hand in hand into emerald forests covering deep mountain passes, stroll through the valleys filled with vibrantly covered flowers, and experience intimate moments at the ancient monasteries where you will feel as if you have stepped into an entirely different world.

This couple package to Ladakh will leave you with memories that will stay with you for your entire life, as our specially curated couple package is crafted specially to meet the needs of couples travelling to Ladakh.

Here is the itinerary of the Ladakh tour:

Day 1

On the first day, you will be picked up by our representative from Leh airport who will also drive you to the hotel. You can spend the day enjoying the striking landscape as you feel the fresh mountain air fill up your lungs. If you are prone to getting acute mountain sickness, you should spend the day getting used to the low atmospheric pressure and thin air of the region. But if you are feeling up for it, you can also go and explore the local markets.

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Day 2

The second day will start after filling up your stomach with a mouth-watering breakfast at the hotel. The party will then proceed to an extremely romantic drive on the Leh Srinagar highway. Walk hand in hand through the famous Hall of Fame museum built by the Indian Army, explore your spiritual side at the Kali Mata temple and Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, and get mesmerized at the Magnetic Hill where the laws of the universe get turned upside down.

Before you know it, you will be taking a romantic walk on the banks of the Indus and Zanskar rivers where they join with each other in a marriage of a 100 different colors. The party will then head back to Leh where you can dig into a delightful dinner before heading back to your rooms to sleep off the exhaustion of the journey.

Day 3

Day 3 will be the most exciting leg of the journey as you will embark on a lovely trip to the valley of flowers, that is the Nubra valley. There is no better place to connect with your beloved than a picturesque drive to one of the most beautiful places in Jammu and Kashmir. You will also experience the thrill of driving along the highest motorable road in the world.

Nothing will bring you closer to your partner than exploring the mesmerizing beauty of snow-capped mountains encircling the colorful Valley while holding each others’ hands. You will return to the hotel after another adventurous camel ride in the evening.

Day 4

In the morning, dig into a delicious breakfast and soak in the wondrous beauty of the valley for some more time, before heading on to another exquisite and romantic experience that is waiting for you in the charming hamlets of Diskit and Hunder. Enjoy the beauty of the white sand dunes, talk to the locals about their lifestyle, and experience a moment of self-reflection at the ancient monasteries around the place.

Romance and beauty await you as you head back along the Khardung La Pass on your way to the hotel where you will stay for the night.

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Day 5

Pangong Lake is probably one of the most remarkable sites in Ladakh as it is the highest saltwater lake in the region. Take a luxurious stroll hand in hand with your wife along the banks of the lake and feel mother nature's splendor all around you. Witness the golden sunlight reveal beautiful colour formation on the crystal clear waters of the lake

You will also get to enjoy the spectacular beauty of the mysterious Shey Palace and Gompa. Dip your feet in the ice-cold water at Sindhu Ghat and soak in the mesmerizing sights sprinkled like confetti all around you. Experience a night of unparalleled romance as you sleep under the covers at this beautiful and untouched marvel of nature.

Day 6

The party will then head back to Leh, stopping at the majestic Changla pass on the way back. Share a hot cup of tea with your loved one, and take some stunning shots together at this breathtaking place. Spend the evening exploring the famous Shanti stupa, and buy some trinkets for your family at the Leh market. Spend the night at the hotel after a sumptuous dinner.

Day 7

Mouthwatering breakfast will precede your return to the airport next day, where you will catch your flight to Delhi, with your mind full of unforgettable memories that will certainly bring you and your partner closer to each other than ever before.

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Which is the best Leh Ladakh sightseeing package for families?

For those of you who are looking for a tour package to Leh Ladakh with your family, you will be delighted to know that Thrillophilia has just the right product for you. Our 12 days Manali Leh Srinagar Family tour is ideal for a family of 4 to 6 people. There are 5 tour departure dates in the year, so don’t spend too much time thinking and book your travel today.

The tour begins at Delhi and ends at Srinagar. Take your family to nature’s paradise and witness the stunning views of mountain peaks covered in snow, clear blue skies, and turquoise lakes. Click pictures at the beautiful Buddhist monasteries with your family members while enjoying a moment of tranquility. These monasteries in Ladakh are an ideal destination to visit with your family members, and we have prepared an itinerary which will impress people from all age groups in your family.

This tour will also cover other tourist hotspots like Manali, Solang Valley, Rohtang Pass, Khardung La, Kargil, and Srinagar, exciting the wanderlust souls in your family. The emerald forests of Manali offer the perfect place to enjoy a family picnic. Take family portraits with a spectacular background at Rohtang, or hire a Shikara to soak in the natural beauty of the Himalayas at Dal Lake in Srinagar. Dressing up in the Kashmiri attire at the Dal Lake and getting your pictures clicked is the best memory you can savour on your visit to Kashmir.

Get along with your family as our package will cover facilities like food, hotels, transportation vehicle from one place to another, an experienced guide to help you throughout the tour, offering you a holistic experience. The hotels are family friendly, and the warmth of the hotel staff will make you feel homely. If you have kids travelling with you, you need not worry about their safety as Thrillophilia prioritises your safety by arranging hotels and people who will ensure your safety as you make memories of a lifetime.

Your transportation is also taken care of so that all your family members can hum tunes and play games together while travelling in the mountains, making your journey filled with fun.

The itineraries include sightseeing, scenic drives, and camping under the stars, allowing an exotic time together to all the family members. The group will travel in semi sleeper AC buses from Delhi to Manali, and during the rest of the journey, you and your family will travel in a car. The payment will also include wildlife and environmental fee, taxes, inner line permit, and the fee for the driver, reducing your burden as you take your family to a journey of a lifetime.


Here is a brief overview of the itinerary that will be followed.


Day 1

You and your family will board an overnight AC semi sleeper bus from Delhi to Manali. Enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayas as you approach the bustling paradise of Himachal Pradesh, Manali.


Day 2

As soon as you reach Manali in the morning, our representative will take your group to the hotel where you will check in. All the hotels booked in this tour package are family friendly, and you can rest assured you will have a comfortable stay no matter where you go. Explore the stunning town of Manali later in the day, go family shopping at Mall road, and eat delicious snacks at the roadside stalls. A guided tour of Solan Valley is also arranged, post which, you will return to the hotel where a mouth-watering dinner will be waiting for you.


Day 3

The drive to Jispa is filled with spectacular views every time you turn a corner. Cross the famous Rohtang pass and experience the vicarious joy of watching your family mesmerized by the natural beauty around. If you are with kids, they will love nothing more than the adventure road trip over the Manali Leh highway which is famous for its picturesque vistas. You will also get to explore the charming villages in Lahaul valley on your way.


Day 4

The breathtaking Himalayas and emerald valleys will accompany as you drive on to Leh, via Baralacha La pass. Pack up some food and blankets and you can enjoy a picnic by the turquoise waters of Suraj Tal. The group will then continue on to Sarchu, where you will get to enjoy the unique experience of camping and bonfire with your folks. Tell horror stories, sing offkey songs, eat piping hot Maggie, and make memories worth a lifetime.


Day 5

Continuing on the way to Leh, the party will cover the infamous and mysterious Gata loops on the 5th day. There are many horror stories associated with these loops, and it’s a fun family adventure to tell each other these stories on your way. You will also cover 45 kilometres of Pang ground and cross the second highest motorable pass in the world, called Tanglang La. On reaching Leh, you can either camp or stay at a hotel.


Day 6

There is nothing quite like a calming visit to the Shanti Stupa and witnessing the panoramic sunset with its yellow and golden hues to bring a family closer. Spend the day soaking in the beauty of the valley, get acclimatized to the high altitude, and explore the local bazaar for trinkets and souvenirs.


Day 7

This is the most adventurous leg of the journey. The company will drive to the beautiful Nubra Valley to witness the beauty of the Himalayas from the highest motorable road in the world. The spectacular view of the Indus Valley will make you want to spend the rest of your life in the lap of nature. Discover the valley of flowers when you reach Nubra, and take some stunning family photos amidst the majestic mountains.


Day 8

Catch the sunlighting glinting off the turquoise waters of Pangong, and enjoy a picnic by the lake. Pitch a tent at the camping site at night, and have dinner under the stars. There is nothing like serene environs and mystical beauty of the valley to bring you closer to your family members.


Day 9  

The 9th day will be spent exploring the many monasteries on the Pangong Leh road, watch the colourful little flags fluttering in the cool breeze, and enjoy the ringing of the bells in the background. Experience a moment of quiet reflection, and get in touch with your spiritual self at the Buddhist places of worship.


Day 10

Visit one of the oldest monasteries in Ladakh on day 10 as you head to Kargil. The Lamayuru Gompa was constructed in the 10th century, and it is an extremely peaceful place to catch your breath and relax for a few minutes. The environment is tranquil and your folks will enjoy the quiet atmosphere that is hard to find in the cities. The party will then begin a road trip to Srinagar via the visually stunning Ladakh Srinagar highway.


Day 11

Cover the most dangerous pass in the world, the Zojila Pass as you cross Kargil via Drass to reach Srinagar. On your way, you will be visiting tourist hotspots like Kargil War Memorial and Tiger Hill. Check in at a deluxe hotel and spend the day relaxing and getting rid of the travel exhaustion.


Day 12

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport where you and your folks can catch your flight.

Which is the best Ladakh tour package for women?

If you are looking to book a women’s only tour with your friends or travelling solo through the exotic landscape of Ladakh, we have just the right package for you. This 7 days and 6 nights Women only Ladakh tour will take you through all the major sightseeing destinations while making sure you not only feel safe and secure while travelling, but also the hotels are women-friendly. You may choose our women-exclusive package if you are travelling in a group.

Even if you are an adventurous solo traveller, we have got your back as you can join our group departure with other women. The itinerary, taking you to all the popular tourist destinations of Ladakh, is planned in such a way that you never have to travel at odd times, making sure your trip is comfortable and secure at all times.

The package, costing a little over INR 25k, will include meals like breakfast and dinner, transportation within the region, pick up and drop off from the airport, and planned group activities. We provide an experienced guide to help you throughout the journey, right from your arrival at Leh. Explore the Shanti Stupa on the first day as you acclimatise to the weather. Be it solo or with your female friends, with Thrillophilia, enjoy accommodation where all your needs and safety are taken care of.

You can join our group departures and witness the confluence of Zanskar and Indus Rivers, which is a sight to behold! Find like-minded people during the tour and make friends of a lifetime in the Land of High Passes.

Your group can enjoy the tour without having to worry about the formalities as the package also includes several fees you have to pay in the region, like wildlife fee, environmental fee and the inner line permit. The joy of playing games and humming tunes with fellow women as you pass the highest mountain ranges is a memory you will cherish forever while you travel to the mighty Chang La or the exotic Nubra Valley. Witness the changing hues of Pangong Tso, the highest saltwater lake in the world, and click pictures with your girl gang!

Here is the itinerary of this magical journey that will stay with you for a lifetime.


Day 1

The remarkable journey will begin with arrival at Leh from where our representative will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel by a company owned vehicle. You will receive a traditional welcome at the hotel. It is advised to take the day resting and acclimatizing to the climate because people often get ill with Acute Mountain Sickness due to the high altitude and thin air up in the mountains. If you are up for some sightseeing in the evening, you can explore the local market and get yourself some trinkets. You can also visit the Shanti Stupa where you will get to witness an exquisite view of the valley.


Day 2

The group will head to the Sham Valley to visit the point where Zanskar and Indus River meet. Experience a moment of quiet reflection at Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, and then watch the marvel of your car going uphill in neutral gear at Magnetic Hill. the party will then return to Leh for an overnight stay and a delicious dinner.


Day 3


This is the most exciting leg of the journey, a trip to the breathtaking Nubra Valley. You will get to witness a truly jaw-dropping view of Leh as you cross the highest motorable road in the world at Khardung La pass. As soon as you reach Nubra, you will forget you are even on Earth. The place seems like it has been plucked straight out of a painting. The sheer natural beauty is enough to make anyone contemplate never returning. The party will then move on to Hundar where you will get to experience the unique ride on a double-humped camel. If there is still time in the evening, visit Diskit Monastery, before returning to the hotel in Nubra.


Day 4

Drive towards the Indo Chinese border on the fourth day to visit the highest saltwater lake in the world - Pangong. The beautiful lake is a striking beauty, glinting in the golden sunlight and encircled by emerald green forests. You will also get to witness the majestic Chang Chenmo mountain range with the peaks disappearing so high above, you will have to crane your neck to see them. Overnight stay will be at a camp by the lake, you will spend the night looking at the stars glinting high above you.


Day 5

The drive back to Leh from Pangong will be via Chang La pass. On the way, you will get to visit the quiet and peaceful Thiksey Monastery. The tour also includes a detour to Shey Palace and Gompa which is a majestic sight. A piping hot dinner will be waiting for you at the hotel when you reach Leh.


Day 6

The 6th day of the tour will be spent exploring a local village called Stok Village. Get acquainted with the locals and learn about their culture and heritage. You will also be served a mouthwatering Ladakhi lunch with a local family here. In the evening, you will return to Leh for your last night in the valley.


Day 7

After breakfast, you will be dropped off at the airport where you can catch a flight back home.

During the entire journey, you will be accompanied by fellow female travelers, and special care will be taken so that you do not face any problems. Our expert guides will be available at all times to assist you with anything so that you can enjoy your trip.

How much trekking will cost in Ladakh?

Nestling in the paradise of Himalayas, Ladakh is amongst one of the most toured vast barren landscapes. Right from its rich cultural heritage to delicious food, Buddhist monasteries, and tourist attractions, Ladakh is loved for all.

With many places to visit, Ladakh homes to a myriad of adventure activities such as trekking, camping, camel safari, quad biking, rafting, and so on. There is n number of ways to explore the hidden beauty of Ladakh; but when it comes to coming one step closer to nature, trekking beats everything else.

Trekking cost varies as per the trekking spot, facilities, and available amenities in Ladakh. Let us take a look at some of them:

Chadar: Trekking at the Frozen River

In the month of falls, the Zanskar River transforms itself into a glittery white sheet of snow marking the commencement of the famous Chadar Trek. With an altitude of around 3850 m, trekking at this frozen river is a bit difficult for the beginners. Your Chadar Trek shall cost you around 21000 INR per head.

Best Season: Mid of January to end of February

Stok Kangri Trek

Reckoned as one of the most challenging treks of Ladakh, Stok Kangri trek won't cost anything above 21000 INR per head. This trek shall introduce you with the river valleys of Zanskar and Indus river systems. The altitude here is around 6000 m with again a challenging, difficult trekking level.

Best Season: Second half of July to the second half of September.

Snow Leopard Trek

A trek coupling adventurous activities with fascinating wildlife, Snow Leopard Trek accounts for an altitude of about 3000 m. While you trek here, you shall be passing through the Hemis National Park stretching to an area of about 600 sq.m. You have to pay a sum of 39000 INR per head to trek through this region.

Best Season: January to February

Markha Valley Trek

Alternatively known as the Tea-house Trek, Markha Valley trek offers trekkers an exciting opportunity to accommodate themselves in the parachute tents. Accounting for an altitude of about 3700 m, one of the most striking features of this trekking zone is the Kongmaru La Pass (5000 m altitude). Again, the trekking here accounts for a moderate to the mid difficulty level. Markha Valley Trek would cost you around 24000 INR per head.  

Best Season: The months from June to September accounts for the best season to trek in this zone.

Lamayuru to Chilling Trek

Starting at 17000 INR per head, Lamayuru to Chilling Trek is one of its kind treks of Ladakh. This trek offers you an opportunity to unveil both the cultural and spiritual aspect of villages and monasteries. Throughout your route, you can stop and meet the locals or capture some adoring views of Karakoram mountain ranges.

Best Season: Second half of June to end of September

Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

With an altitude of around 4206 m, Kashmir Great Lakes Trek costs you around 13500 INR per head. Opting for this trek shall allow you to have a glimpse of several magnificent lakes of Ladakh such as Vishansar, Satsar, Gadsa, and Gangabal Twin Lakes.

Best Season: Trek anytime between June to September.

These trekking costs are inclusive of your stays throughout your trekking tour. Also, you shall be receiving meals and breakfasts. Additionally, some of the treks do have a Wild Card Exit facility wherein you can opt out from your trekking activity at any point of time. As the altitudes are high enough, your trekking guide team shall be accompanying an oxygen cylinder to avoid any emergency situations if any. These trekking activities shall be organized in groups wherein you won't be allowed to carry any form of alcoholic beverages.

Also, your trekking manager shall ask you for your medical certification ahead of beginning with the trekking formalities and fees payment. Last moment cancellations shall be entertained at a nominal charge of 25% of the total trekking cost. In this case, you are liable to cancel 30 days before the starting date of your trekking. In lieu of this, the trekking group manager holds a complete responsibility to deduct 100% of the trekking cost if the cancellation is made within 0 to 30 days.

What's Chadar Trek difficult level?

Welcome aboard to the most glamourous yet the toughest treks of all - the Chadar Trek. With the elevation in the interest of people to travel the road less traveled, this unique yet less explored destination has become very popular among adventure enthusiasts. Temperatures deviating south beyond zero degrees, this trek is one enough to feel a sense of achievement like never before.

Watch out the unfrozen trail while you walk over the ice sheet of Zanskar River, rendering an adrenaline rush like never before, curating to be the actual threat of this trek. Imagine falling into-30 degrees celsius cold water. At an elevation of around 11,000 feet, the Chadar trek isn’t an easy-breezy adventure. Cuts, bruises, and the biting temperature, this trek will challenge your will and guts from time to time. Let’s get into the details to understand how difficult will this trek will account to be.

What makes it difficult?

After making a note of the major difficulties you will face during the Chadar trek, here are a few issues that make it difficult.

Harsh Climatic Conditions: Located 13,000 feet above sea level, the destination experiences extreme negative temperature ranging from -10 degree celsius to -30 degree celsius, adding to the difficulty of this extraordinary trek. The harsh climatic conditions cause a lot of trouble to the trekkers, testing them in every way possible.

Temperature fluctuations: Temperature fluctuations cause the river  to freeze or unfreeze from time to time. It makes the trek a tricky challenge as you have no idea if you’re stepping into the pricking coldwater or the solid sheet of ice.

Fitness: Physical as well as mental fitness is all that matters in this trek. There has to right balance between both to curate the trip with a positive outcome. Endurance of bearing the piercing weather conditions while you walk over the frozen river with the hefty backpack isn’t a child’s play. You need to follow the fitness regime to survive the whole trek.

Falling will: It is rightly said that the difficulty lies in the mind. The hurdles and injuries cause tremendous effect on your courage and enthusiasm, rendering majority trekkers return in the middle of the enthralling trek. While persistence is the key to accomplish this larger than life adventure, Chadar Trek is indeed a challenge for the ones looking for actual test for their courage. 

What difficulties one can face during the trek?

Spanning 105 Km long, the Chadar trek has its own magic that you need to unveil. While experiencing the adrenaline rush like never before, you will also face a lot of difficulties on the way that might shake your courage from time to time. Let water and enthusiasm fuel your will and befriend the gumboots and trekking poles, so that the following difficulties do not become the hurdles you cannot cross.

AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness): Acute Mountain Sickness is your biggest foe during this trek. Though it is quite common in the mountainous region, it is in abundance in chadar Trek due to the extreme negative temperatures. Make sure you acclimatize a week prior so as to get your body acquainted with the low temperature and reduce the chances of getting AMS.

Hypothermia: Hypothermia is a condition when your body loses heat a higher rate than it can produce. It is better to avoid any alcohol consumption as it will definitely make you the victim of hypothermia by increasing the adrenaline rate, making you feel warmer but actually lowering the temperature of your body. 

Broken Trail: Due to the fluctuations in temperature, the ice sheet or as the locals call it chadar freezes and unfreezes from time to time. This counts as a major difficulty while you are walking over the frozen Zanskar because there are times when you can’t really make out if the ice underneath is solid or not. Make sure you watch out for the same and focus where the ice sheet crackles, where it becomes shifty, and where it is slippery.

Dehydration: While you do not feel the need to consume water due the bone-chilling weather, you body demands adequate amount of water so as to sustain the tiring expedition. The water level of the body regulates the basic functioning adding up to your immunity and persistence. Ensure that you drink the required amount of water and stay hydrated.

Injuries: Cuts, bruises, and small injuries are unavoidable in during the trek as you will definitely slip over the ice, trip over the ice boulders, and definitely get the painful rewards (yes you will! ). Though the seriousness of the injuries can vary, people who are prone to fractures due to prior surgeries should be more cautious. Make sure you keep a first-aid kit handy and inform the team leader in case you get any severe injury as it will take around 24 hours to get you any medical assistance. Keep that in mind. 

What's the Chadar Trek Altitude?

What is the Altitude of Chadar Trek?

The maximum altitude of Chadar Trek is at Nerak 11,100 feet high while the minimum is 10,400 feet high at Tsomo Paldar. Renowned as the toughest trek of India, Chadar Trek does not involve much of elevation differences but the temperature fluctuations and the broken trails exposing the ferocious Zanskar River beneath the thick ice sheet add to the thrills of this adventurous expedition. Proper acclimatization and preparation for withstanding the extreme cold will equip you just right for this ravishing opportunity.

Taking you away from the civilization amidst the flora and fauna, Chadar trek is one enthralling escapade you would want to decipher. It is an exciting chance to break away from your monotonous nine to five life and get indulged in something that challenges you to the core. Breakaway and get going if you wish to bring in a little tinge of excitement and weave everlasting memories for life.

Day Wise Trek:

Day 1: Reporting day at Leh (11,400 feet)
Day 2: Acclimatization Day
Day 3: Medical Test Day
Day 4: Leh to Shingra Koma then trek to Tsomo Paldar (11,400 feet to 10,400 feet)
Day 5: Tsomo Paldar to Tibb Cave (10,400 feet to 10,800 feet)
Day 6: Tibb Cave to Nerak (10,800 feet to 11,100 feet)
Day 7: Nerak to Tibb Cave (11.100 feet to 10,800 feet)
Day 8: Tibb Cave to Shingra Koma then drive to Leh (10,800 feet to 10,400 feet)

Common Altitude related issues:

1. AMS: Acute Mountain Sickness or AMS refers to the condition where a person suffers constant uneasiness at an elevated altitude due to low air pressure and lack of required oxygen levels. Though human bodies can adjust to the diverse conditions with the required time in hand, there is a limit to everything. An altitude beyond 26,000 feet is called the death zone by the mountaineers as no one can acclimatize to this elevation.

The body starts reacting after it reaches a height of 7,000 feet above sea level. Chadar trek is at an elevation 11,400 feet hence your body reacts and finds it difficult to adapt to the extreme situations that come with such high altitude. Giving your body to get used to the temperature and altitude is very crucial in such case and especially if you dwell in a place that experiences hot climate.

The acclimatization process starts from the day you reach Ladakh. It is advisable that you should come here one week or minimum 3-4 days prior to your expedition so that your body gets enough time before facing the harsh temperature and is well up for the exertion you are going to encounter the following week. You must not take part in any physical activity or anything that would tire your muscles as they can make you prone to the symptoms of AMS including headache, nausea, lack of appetite and dizziness.

Let your body get acquainted with the sub-zero temperature of the Himalayan terrain. Make sure you let your team leader know if these symptoms persist during the trek as it would be better to stop while they are on the lower pressing than if they become severe as it will take around 24 hours to get you medical assistance once you are on the trail. 

2. Cold: 

Though cold sounds too obvious and normal at such high altitudes, it has effects that can be very fatal, leading to your empty-handed return. While you are bound to struggle with the temperature fluctuations of the day and night, it makes the body more vulnerable to catch a cold. Ensure that you carry cold-related medicines like crocin along with inhalers to help you keep the cold in control.

Rightly said, prevention is better than cure, you should be well prepared with the required clothing and other essentials. The catch is to not let any skin exposed to the cold, not even your face. You must ensure that you’re in the five-layered clothing and also cover your face with a balaclava and ears with a beanie to let no cold air seep in. Not to forget your hands, make sure you wear two layers of gloves - one to prevent the cold and the other waterproof over it to prevent the inner layer from getting wet.

3. Cough:

The dry and cold air of the mountains has tremendous effects on your bronchial tube including irritation and pain as you advance the altitude. Sometimes it gets too severe to bear and hence you must keep cough drops and candies handy during the trek. Try not to breathe from your mouth as it worsens the condition.

Breathing humified air by covering your nose with a scarf, balaclava or mask is a good way to reduce the hurt and irritation. Make sure that you consume hot water and fluids which are soothing for your throat. Avoid consuming coffee and alcohol as they dehydrate your body turning the tables against you completely.

4. Breathing problem:

Chadar trek isn’t like the usual treks where you have to climb the rugged rocks but involves walking on the ice sheet surface of the frozen Zanskar river. The low oxygen level along with the atmospheric pressure will make breathing a daunting task for you. This may also increase because of walking fast at this high altitude or because of a lack of proper acclimatization. Acclimatization is a solution to major problems when it comes to high altitude, therefore it is considered a very crucial part of your expedition.

Also, trekking on Chadar Trek includes walking briskly as the ice below is too slippery and might not be as solid as you perceive, hence there is no use of moving fast. You may also avoid a lot of injuries that can happen because of your pace. Take a short break and inform the trek leader anytime you feel short of breath. This is something that needs immediate attention, do not take it casually. Sit for a while and let your breathing become normal, not strained and then only decide to walk.

The trek groups usually have oxygen cylinders and equipment like oxygen masks to handle such emergencies. Do not continue the trek if you still the breathing problem still persists. It might become severe as you proceed further in the journey and be a life hazard This trek should not be done in haste but cautiously, take your time and enjoy the journey.

How to deal with Altitude sickness on Chadar trek?

Though Chadar trek lacks elevation, the prevailing high altitude has its own perks. Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) or Altitude Sickness arises when you cross a height 0f 7,000 feet above sea level. At the altitude of 11,400 feet above sea level, it is obvious that your body would react to the increased elevation. Acclimatization is the key to beat AMS, yet it requires a series of things to keep in mind.

You must reach Ladakh a week prior to your Chadar trek excursion so as to let the body get acquainted with the subzero temperatures. You must also avoid covering an altitude of 300-500 meters on the same day as it is an invitation to mountain sickness. Keep in mind the symptoms for AMS that include headache, dizziness, nausea, shortness of breath, cough, and tiredness, and look out for any other problem that you’ve started facing after arriving.

People usually consume medicines for AMS beforehand so as to avoid trouble yet it is no hard and fast rule. Some people face bearable issues whereas some face life-threatening ones too. Make sure you carry a first-aid kit with Diamox in it. You must consult a doctor prior to your trekking schedule and take the prescribed medicines for acclimatization and AMS.

How to get acclimatize with high altitude on Chadar trek?

The catch to acclimatize with high altitude on Chadar Trek is to reach Ladakh a week before your trek. In this period you must not take up any muscle exerting or tedious activity. You can go for sightseeing or walk along with the local market and let your body adjust to the subzero temperature. Try to avoid heaters while you are staying at your hotel as it won’t let you acclimatize to the prevailing weather conditions.

Let go of the quilts, body warming essentials and alcohol, as no matter, these are considered helpful, they actually increase the chances to fall into the pit of Acute Mountain Sickness or Altitude Sickness. Make sure you keep your body hydrated and supply it with hot water and hot fluids from time to time. Avoid trekking an elevation of more than 500 meters as it becomes difficult for the body to adjust a height difference beyond that. Though the human body can adapt to survive, there is a limit to adapting as well as time element involved too. Happy trekking!

What's the Chadar trek temperature?

The Zanskar River freezes in the month of January and February, hence making them the months adequate for the astounding Chadar Trek. Chadar trek is an exuberant experience not just about bragging and flaunting social media updates but experiencing each moment and documenting splendid memories.

Before landing up for the exhilarating experience must get acquainted with the climate of the trek so as you to know the ideal time to enjoy the enthralling journey at its best adding up to the unique experiences in your itinerary.

Chadar trek temperature in January:

The bone-chilling 105 Km walk over the ice sheet of the Zanskar river is a challenging task. With the temperatures oscillating between -5 degree celsius to -25 degree celsius, tattering teeth and the shivering bodies tell-all about the piercing weather show the effect of January cold.

Though the temperature is south to zero degree celsius, it takes to mid-January to get the Zanskar River apt for the Chadar Trek. You must not plan for the trek in the beginning of January as the thin sheet of ice over the raging river can break anytime and is probably incapable of holding your weight.

You can definitely start working on your physical as well as mental fitness two-three months prior to your trek, so that the beginning of january goes in the last minute packing and travelling to Ladakh. You must also consider this month for acclimatization for an AMS free Chadar Trek.

Min Temperature: -5 degree celsius

Max Temperature: -25 degree celsius

Chadar trek temperature in February:

February experiences the ideal temperature for the Chadar Trek as the Zanskar River has completely attained its frozen form. While the biting winter winds makes every step difficult for the trekkers, the temperature fluctuations bring the major hurdle in your exciting trek - broken trails.

Broken trails result in major injuries as the trekkers cannot make out if they are stepping on solid ice sheet or the cracking ice. The temperature during the day ranges from -5-degree celsius to -10 degree celsius whereas it drops down to -25 degree celsius at night.

Hence it is necessary to ensure that you choose the operator wisely, rendering you a one in a lifetime experience. It is advisable not to opt for the trip after mid February as the river starts returning to its usual form.

Min Temperature : -5 degree celsius

Max Temperature: -25 degree celsius

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Hi, The experience overall was wonderful. Had a fun time and returned home with a lot of memories to cherish for life. The hotels, food and driver(Ali) were pretty good.
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Thrilling and adventurous ride conducted by Thrillophilia.
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Reviewed: 06 Aug 2022
5.0/5
Best solo travelling experience ever ❤️
Urvashi Gupta
Urvashi Gupta
Urvashi Gupta
Urvashi Gupta
Urvashi Gupta
Urvashi Gupta
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Sunayana Dongre
Reviewed: 03 May 2023
5.0/5
Booked:6LLUG2604
Thanks for all the help and arrangements in Leh and entire 6day-5night trip. We never thought that we will see such a beautiful ladakh and love the culture and people. Our Driver Stanzin was very polite and very expert driver , he safely drive and show all the places mentioned in the itinerary, with... Read More
Sunayana  dongre
Sunayana  dongre
Sunayana  dongre
Sunayana  dongre
Sunayana  dongre
Sunayana  dongre
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