Ladakh treks are bounded by two of the world's mightiest mountain ranges, the Great Himalaya and the Karakoram. Known as the land of high passes, Ladakh is also well known as "Little Tibet". Trekking trails cross these mountain hurdles through passes. While trekking, the highest motor-able road in the world crosses the Ladakh Range at the 5578 Meters high Khardung-la. Treks in Ladakh meets with little snow and less rain.
The close by Zanskar range will tender some incredible and demanding mountaineering opportunities. There are variety of long, mid, and short range treks, which pass through coarse tracks and some extravagant high-altitude mountain passes, connect the region's gompas and villages.
Treks within Ladakh and Zanskar will take you to some of the most extravagant landscapes in the world crossing streams, rivers and vast plateaus, glaciers in dramatic settings, emerald blue lakes that extend to perpetuity and oasis like villages. Trekking in Manali is superb experience; crossing over a series of high passes.
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Reach to the 5360 m high Tanglang-la, an adventure, offers magnificent landscape! Ladakh offers numerous high elevation treks, mountain biking and mountain climbing. During treks, meet its people and participate in their festivals. Explore the monasteries, which are soul enriching and awe-inspiring. Ladakh comprises of the Indus Valley, Nubra Valley, Changthang, and the Rupshu to explore.
Nubra Valley: Nubra valley is located at an altitude of 3,000 m. Known as a ˜Valley of flowers, this valley is affluent in vegetation. You get a chance to enjoy camel riding. Trek through the scenic landscapes.
Rupshu Valley: The confined area of Ladakh, Rupshu valley opened in 1994. It is one of the most pleasant regions of Ladakh. Tso Kar and Tso Moriri salt water lakes are the main attractive features of this gorgeous valley. You may find some rare endangered species of birds.
Suru valley: Suru valley is an abundant green valley which offers splendid views of Nun Kun glacier peaks. There is a huge rock carved magnificent statue of Buddha.
How to get there
By Air: The Leh airport connects directly to important cities like Delhi, Chandigarh, and Srinagar. Major airlines like Indian Airlines, Jet Airways run regularly from this airport.
By Road: Leh-Ladakh has very well network of roads to Srinagar and Manali. From June to October, the 434-km Leh-Srinagar road is operative, while the 473-km Leh-Manali road remains functional from July to September.
By Rail: The prime rail head is Jammu Tawai in Jammu, about 690 km away and linked with several major cities across India.
Places to visit in and around Ladakh
Padum: Set about 234 km from Kargil and 464 km from Leh, Padum is the administrative headquarter of Zanskar. Visit the newly built mosque and Muslim community. The hill side monument of 10th century is the prime attraction of Padum.
Zanskar: Placed to the south west of Leh, Zanskar is nestled with ranges of Zanskar and Himalayan. It has two main valleys of Stod and Lunak. Trek through the high passes. Walk along the frozen river, reach to Nimo village. Explore the most picturesque valley called Zanskar.
Dhahanu: The land of Aryans: Located around 163 km from south west of Leh, Dhahanu has two small settlements: Dha and Hanu. Dhahanu is somewhat hotter than Leh. Dropka is its main attraction. The religious activities and culture is similar to Buddhists.
Special permits are not required for trekking in the Indian Himalayas, with the exception of certain restricted areas.
Camping is done on pre-defined campsites near source of water and requires no technical climbing equipments accept ropes.
This trek ranges from undemanding to challenging.
Better physical ability is required.
While trekking in this area, keep in mind that make sure that you do not dirty the surrounding places. All the waste should be gathered and disposed off away from the camping site.
Best time to visit
June to October
Things to carry
- Walking stick
- Sleeping bag
- Hiking shoes
- Woolen clothes
- Water, juices, snacks
- Electric torch
- Medical kit
- A good compass
- An extra pair of clothes