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  • The mighty mysterious and magical Ladakh is best known for the amazing sceneries it offers at each and every step. The greenest fields, majestic mountains, clear skies and beautiful lakes are best enjoyed while trekking in Ladakh. The Lamayuru to Darcha trek is the most popular trek of Ladakh with the maximum number of passes to offer. Even the ancient Buddhist kingdom of Zanskar which is hidden deep in the western ranges can be discovered in this amazing trek. 

    The beautiful villages, the never ending mountain ranges and the ancient monasteries are seen throughout the trek. This challenging and rewarding trek offers oneself, the serenity and spiritual solace of a whole lifetime at once.

    Best time for Trek: The most optimal time to carry out this amazing trek journey is around Mid-June to Mid-September. Around this time, one can find help for food and accommodation easily and the lakes are also not frozen around this time.  

    Difficulty level: The Lamayuru to Darcha Trek is a fairly challenging and rewarding trek on the whole. The trek involves crossing passes at high altitudes and descending steeply to the river valleys which make it an irresistible adventure in the Himalayas.

    Trek Duration: The Lamayuru to Darcha trek takes around 20 days to complete. One can also complete the trek in lesser days depending on the amount of time you spend at each place. 

  • 01Things You Should Know

    - At high altitudes, there is a lesser amount of oxygen so one needs to be prepared and should take the elevation gradually.

    - One should carry an extra pair of woolen clothes and sweaters because it can get too cold at times.

    - If traveling from outside India, you need to have the required permits and passport with you all the time.

    - The main language spoken in Ladakh region is Boti while there are other languages too, so having a guide can always help.

    - Take care of the highly sensitive ecology of the region during the trek.


  • 02How to Get There?

    By Air: One needs to take a flight from Delhi to Leh and then, take a taxi to Lamayuru. The distance between Leh and Lamayuru is 125 km and is only a 4 hour drive by taxi.

    By Rail: Kalka is the nearest available station to Leh. From Kalka, one can hire a taxi or take a bus to reach Manali via Shimla and from Manali, regular taxis are available to take you to Leh.

    By Road: This adventurous road trip can be planned on a motorbike, jeep, bus or a car via two routes. One can take the route via Manali or the route via Kinnaur. Both the routes offer picturesque views to soothe your eyes.


  • 03Things to Carry

    • Permits (if you are a foreign tourist)

    • Sleeping bags

    • Tents (optional)

    • Dry rations and bags

    • Another set of clothes

    • Trekking shoes  

    • Headlamp

    • Hand Sanitizer or soap

    • Medicines
  • Attractions of Ladakh

  • 04Pangong Lake

    Located at an altitude of about 4350 m (14270 feet) in the Himalayas, the Pangong Lake tops the bucket list of most of the adventurers and travel enthusiasts out there. This beautiful 134 km long lake extends from India to China and when you visit the lake, you sure are enchanted by its charm. Ogling the ever changing lake is the main activity there. This mesmerizing lake is best visited in summers because it freezes completely during the winters despite being saline water. The peaceful experience offered by the Pangong Lake is an unforgettable one.
  • 05Nubra Valley

    Located to the northeast of Ladakh valley, the Nubra is a tri-armed valley with an altitude of 3048 m (10000 feet). The valley offers a tremendous scenery at a large scale which makes it a prominent part of the trek. Also, the low altitude of the Nubra valley compared to the higher altitudes ahead during the trek helps tremendously in acclimatization. Some of the picturesque sites in the valley include Diskit Gompa, Khardung La, Pon Khar, Giant Chamba statue and much more. May to August is the peak season to see the monasteries, sand dunes and green oasis villages of the Nubra valley.


  • 06Khardung La Pass

    Located at an altitude of 5359 m (17582 feet), the Khardung La is a mountain pass which lies north of Leh in the Ladakh region. The pass is a strategically important pass to India. It is one of the world’s highest motorable road and serves as the gateway to the Shyok and Nubra valleys. This breathtaking road offers amazing views of the valley and the mountain ranges. The weather is highly unstable at the pass so you might need to camp. The scenic vistas and the clean air definitely give you the feeling of being at the top of the world.


  • 07Tso Moriri Lake

    Located at an altitude of 4522 m (14836 feet), the Tso Moriri Lake is a mighty magical lake with a jaw-dropping astounding beauty. Also known as the Mountain lake, the lake is the largest of the high altitude lakes entirely within India and is located in the Ladakhi part of the Changthang Plateau. The Tso Moriri Lake measures about 28 km in length from north to south and is a mind-numbingly calm and sacred lake. The lake is fed by springs and snowmelt from the nearby mountains. The clear, beautiful and pure lake will make you feel blessed like never before.
  • 08Shanti Stupa

    The Shanti Stupa is one of the magnificent Tibetan structures ever built. It is a white-domed Buddhist stupa on a hilltop in Chanspa, Leh district, Ladakh. The stupa is situated at a height of 3,609 meters (11841 feet). It was built by the Japanese Buddhist Bhikshu, Gyomyo Nakamura and part of the Peace Pagoda mission in 1991. The stupa holds the relics of the Buddha and has a major religious significance. However, the picturesquely located stupa has become a tourist attraction because of the panoramic landscapes surrounding it.


  • 09Royal Leh Palace

    Located on the top of the deserted Tsemo Hill, the Royal Leh Palace was built in the 17th century by the King Sengge Namgyal. This nine-storey building was the highest building in the world in 1553. The palace was modeled on the basis of the Potala Palace in Lhasa. It offers spectacular views of the mountain of Stok Kangri and the Ladakh mountain range. It is now one of the major attractions in Ladakh due to its historical background and the amazing views of the mountains and the town.


  • 10Magnetic Hill

    The mysteriousness of Ladakh can be best experienced in the Magnetic Hill. The Magnetic Hill lies on the Leh-Kargil-Baltic National Highway and is located at an elevation of around 14000 feet above sea level. It is claimed that the hill defies gravity because if you park a car there, it starts moving forward on an uphill road even when it is in the neutral state. This mystifying phenomenon is actually an optical illusion created due to the surroundings but it surely is an unbelievable experience and a must one. This small stretch of road continues to mystify people till date.


  • 11Zanskar Valley

    Zanskar is a sub-district of the Kargil district. The Zanskar range separates the district from Ladakh and also Kinnaur district from Spiti in Himachal Pradesh. The Zanskar valley is about 20 km south of Rangdum and is nestled in a remote corner of Ladakh. It is so isolated that it is not even accessible by road during winters due to heavy snowing. The magnificent valley of Zanskar will make your definition of beautiful change. The greatest attraction of this majestically rugged Ladakhi Buddhist valley is merely getting there. Visiting the Zanskar valley during a trek is an unforgettable experience which everyone must have.
  • 12Lamayuru Monastery

    Located at a distance of 127 km from Leh and at an elevation of 3510 m (11520 feet), the Lamayuru Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Lamayuru. The Drikung Kagyu tradition is best reflected in this part of Ladakh. Around 300 monks are present in the administration of the monastery and there are more than 50 monasteries under the leadership of this monastery. Dating back to the 11th century, the Lamayuru Monastery is one of the oldest monasteries in Leh. The amazing moonland views in Lamayuru have made this place a favorite tourist spot and is a must visit.


  • 13Alchi Monastery

    Also known as the oldest Buddhist monastery, the Alchi Monastery is located at a distance of around 70 km from Leh and at an elevation of around 3100 m (10200 feet). It was built by the great translator Guru Rinchen Zangpo between 958 and 1055. The monastery has a total of 3 major shrines in it which are the Dukhang (Assembly hall), the Sumtseg and the Temple of Manjushri and all of them date back to the early 12th and 13th centuries. Being on the bank of the Indus River, this monastic jewel of Ladakh has become a major tourist attraction in the past years not just because of its religious significance but also because of its picturesque location.


  • 14Diskit Monastery

    Diskit is located within the Nubra region of Ladakh at an altitude of 3144 m (10315 feet). The Diskit Monastery is situated on the hill above the floodplains of Shyok River. The monastery was founded by Changzem Tserab Zangpo in the 14th century. The monastery is the oldest and the largest monastery in Nubra Valley. It is under the management of the Thiksey Monastery near Shey. The monastery also runs a school for the Tibetan children. A 100 foot high Maitreya statue stands near the monastery. It has become a prime tourist spot because of its beautiful location and the spiritual air it has to offer.


  • 15Gurudwara Pathar Sahib

    Situated at a distance of 25 miles from Leh, the Gurudwara Pathar Sahib is the place where it is believed that Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh religion fought a demon who attacked him while he was meditating. The legend states that the demon was vanquished there by him. A lot of Sikh religion enthusiasts visit the Gurudwara to worship the holy stone on which Guru Nanak was meditating. It isn't just famous because of its religious significance but also because of the beautiful majestic landscapes surrounding it.


  • 16Sangam Point

    Sangam Point is the spectacular location where one can see the two diverse rivers- the Indus and Zanskar meeting. There aren't any religious or spiritual backgrounds attached with it but the views offered by the confluence are divine. The scene is best enjoyed from an elevated point. The different coloration of the rivers due to temperature, acidity and velocity results in an amazing view when the rivers meet. This is why the Sangam point has become a famous tourist attraction and is a must to see.


  • 17Hemis Monastery

    Located 45 km south of Leh, The Hemis Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery (gompa) which belongs to the Drukpa Lineage. It is the largest monastery in Ladakh and is located in the Hemis. The monastery is believed to have been existing before the  11th century. It is constructed in relation with Naropa, teacher of the translator Marpa and the pupil of the yogi Tilopa. Also, the monastery was re-established by the Ladakhi king Sengge Namgyal. The Hemis Festival is celebrated at the monastery and is dedicated to Lord Padmasambhava. The spiritual connection, the distinct style of architecture and the prime location attract a lot of tourists at this location.


  • 18Hall of Fame

    The well preserved and well presented Ladakhi history and culture can be clearly seen in the Hall of Fame museum which is located near the Leh Airfield. The museum also maintains the memory of Indian soldiers who sacrificed their lives during the Indo-Pak wars. A serene Buddha statue with heavy armament is erected at the exterior of the museum. There are a total of two floors in the museum. The ground floor displays the information about brave soldiers and the first floor preserves the artifacts from various wars. The national sentiment attached with the museum is very strong and surely gives its visitors a patriotic feeling.



Trekking in Ladakh

Attractions

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Pangong Lake

Rather, the most sought after tourist destination is Pangong Tso in Ladakh region. It is the highest among the high altitude lakes in India which is filled with saline water but provides some awe-struck moments to the visitors with the unbelievable phenomenon of changing colours quite a number of times a day.

The reflections of the towering Himalayan peaks in the water add more charm to the lake. Currently, Pangong Tso is the favorite location for tourists as the banks of the lake give soothing bed to relax and the nearby places are enhanced by the beauty of this particular lake. The quiet lake is 134 km in length and 5 km in width is situated at an altitude of 14270 meters. But the major share of the lake lies in the area of China. Now, its recognition is spread everywhere in the world because it is termed as a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention.

The highly saline water does not accommodate any water species not even micro-organisms. But the banks of the lake give space for several birds and animals very rarely seen in the other parts of India. It is an important breeding ground for many migratory birds as well.

Height: The lake is located at an altitude of 4250 meters above the sea level.

Location: Pangong Tso is easily accessible as it can be reached after a five hour drive from Leh and the travel would be on a rough and dramatic mountain road. You will cross the villages of Shey and Gya during the tour and go through Chang La as well.

Best time to visit: The months from May to September are the ideal time to visit the lake as the other seasons may cause challenges due to the heavy snowfall.

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Nubra Valley

Something divine makes Nubra Valley close to heart and it is not an exaggeration but a fact that experienced and shared by the countless tourists visited the paradisiacal location in Jammu and Kashmir. Without touching the spectacular roads of Nubra Valley, a Ladakh tour will not be complete. The tri armed valley has Diskit Village as its capital. Ldumra, a magnificent name is the original name of the valley as the local scholars insist. Ldumra means Valley of Flowers. The large valley is formed after the merging of Shyok River with Nubra or Siachen River causing the separation of the Ladakh and the Karakoram Ranges. The valley is located 10000 feet that is 3048 meters above mean sea level and those who cross the Khardung La Pass can easily come to Nubra Valley from Leh.

Except the river beds, every other place in the valley shows scant vegetation and low precipitation levels. Most of the villages in the valley are occupied by Nubra skat speakers and in the villages, one can find lush greenery and farming which happen through the regular irrigation. Diskit is the place where native people are seen in abundance and Diskit Monastery is the entre of attraction as well. The Shyok River flowing on one side of Diskit has a captivating effect on the visitors. Nubra Valley unwinds a lot of surprising sights when you visit it and an unbelievable fact is that the valley was open to the public till Hunder until 2010. Beyond Hunder, it was the greener region in the lower altitude where the Turtuk village exists. Till 2010, the Government did not allow tourists to mesmerize themselves in the magnificent beauty of Turtuk where numerous apricot trees and other vegetation along with the tribal community were preserved as a virgin.

Height: 3048 meters above the sea level

Location: The paradisiacal Nubra Valley is located at a distance of 140 km from Leh and the main road access to the valley is through Khardung La pass where you have to show the photocopies of your travel permit to the soldiers camping.

Best time to visit: The months from June to September is the perfect period to visit Nubra Valley

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Khardung La

Controversies regarding the proclamation that Khardung La is the highest motorable pass in the world is not yet diminished but Ladakh travelers still believe that it is the highest and most adventurous pass in the world. Despite the controversies, Khardung La keeps on attracting hundreds of adventure seekers every year, be it bikers, trekkers or visitors. Nestled amidst the most reverberating surrounding, the ‘Pass of Lower Castle’ is located at an altitude of 17582 feet. Near to the pass, the collection of awesome valleys will lure you and along with the natural extravaganzas, the Tibetan prayer flags are an additional charm.

The pass was constructed in the year of 1976 and later in 1988, it was opened to public and from then on, the pass was inviting uncountable bikers, trekkers and tourists. It is maintained by the Border roads Organization as the pass is highly significant and important to India because it was once used to carry supplies to the Siachen Glacier. Recently, Khardung La became the hot potato of the town with a happy news that a ten member team of visually impaired people is going to conquer the pass through cycling in 2017.

Height: Khardung La is located at an altitude of 5359 meters. But there is an incorrect proclamation on the signboards appear here saying that the height of the pass is 18379 feet.

Location: The highest motorable pass in Ladakh is lying about 39 kms away from Leh. By road, one can reach the pass. The first 24 kms of the road are paved and from there to the North Pullu check post, the 15 kms of the road are filled with loose rock, dirt and occasional rivulets formed after the melting of snow.

Best time to visit: The season between May to October is the best time to visit Khardung La.

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Tso Moriri Lake

It won’t be exceeding at all how much you describe the beauty of Tso Moriri in Ladakh, a highly protected lake in Changthang Region and a significant portion of Tso Moriri Wetland Conservation Reserve.  It is the largest of all high altitude lakes in India especially in Ladakh and is located at an altitude of 4522 meters above the sea level. The length comes to 26 km north to south and 3 to 5 km is the width and the water is wholly brackish. 

The water to feed the lake comes from the springs and melted snow from the nearby mountains. There are two major stream systems to lead the water to the lake. One in the north part of the lake and the other comes in the southwest part. Huge, extensive marshes are seen at both the entrances of the lake. Rupshu Valley, a breathtaking area is the guardian of Tso Moriri along with an array of the lofty Himalayan Mountains in the surrounding.

The number of people come to witness the beauty of this splendid lake is lesser when compared to that of Pangong Lake. It is because of the secluded location of the lake. Hence, it is a favorite home town for many migratory birds. They come to breed here especially birds like great- crested grebe, the brown-headed gull and the Brahmin duck. The rare Himalayan hares are also abundantly seen near the lake. Thus, the declaration of the lake as a reserved area is a right option to protect these species from extinction. Less human interference would keep their lives strong.

Height: The lake is situated at an altitude of 4522 meters.

Location: You can reach Tso Moriri via road from Leh. It is 150 kms away from Leh Airport. Kalka Railway station is the nearest one to the lake. You will get buses and taxis from the station as well.

Best time to visit: May, June, July and August are the peak season when tourists come to Tso Moriri in large numbers and other months will be filled with snow and have extreme cold conditions.

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Shanti Stupa

The white dome of Shanti Stupa is clearly visible from a far distance when you are on a tour of Leh. Peace Pagoda got its name like that because of many reasons mainly the silence persists in and around the pagoda always. This Buddhist prayer center is the most beloved attraction in Jammu and Kashmir. At a height of 4267 meters, the two storied stupa stands holding its head high and overlooks the bustling Leh town. The uneven mountain terrains in the surrounding gives the pagoda a remarkable shining. It is at a location which is 5 km away from Leh town and one who visits the stupa has to climb five hundred steps. The exotic view of the Himalayan peaks turns the beauty of the stupa also, a peace lover would dedicate his life to have such overjoying moments.

History

The stupa was constructed by both Japanese and Ladakh Buddhists. The construction was started in 1983, many Buddhists and Indian Government officials have supervised the procedures throughout.

Structure of the stupa

Among the two structures of the pagoda, the first level depicts the central relief of Dharmachakra which has deer on each side and the turning wheel of Dharma also has a golden image of Buddha at the center. The second level displays images which show the birth of Budhha and the death as well. In addition, both the level have smaller images of Buddha meditating. The stupa came into existence in order to spread the word of peace and harmony among people and it came into establishment as a commemoration of the valuable 2500 years of Buddhism.

Location: Any one can reach the stupa via road from Leh, only 5 kms from the town, a walk of fifteen minutes would require.

Timings: 05:00 am to 09:00 pm

Highlights: The sunset and sunrise views from the stupa are inevitably beautiful


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Magnetic Hill

Magnetic Hill is still a mystery yet a famed attraction that pulls the adventure lovers on a large scale toward it. A mystifying phenomenon which stunts the science and fiction together and exists as a magic to the normal people visiting here. Magnetic Hill is a trump card of every Ladakh tour because of the awe-struck moments it would promise the travelers. There is a sign board placed which says that the hill defies gravity completely and inviting everyone to experience the magical phenomenon.

 If you keep your vehicle in neutral at a position marked on the road and wait, you will be surprised to see the vehicle starts moving uphill at 10-20 km per hour. And this is the unexplainable feature of Magnetic Hill that confuses the world of science. It is located on Leh-Kargil-Baltic Highway and on the east, the beautiful Sindhu River is flowing calmly. Near the hill there is a Sikh Gurudwara maintained by the Indian Army. Due to the natural attraction as well as the human architectural brilliance, the hill has gained popularity in a short term. 

Not just the vehicles hitting the road but the aircrafts and helicopters crossing the radius which Magnetic Hill comes in would feel the same magnetic effect. If the aircrafts are going on a slow pace, then it starts jerking while they are in the circumference of the hill. So the only solution to escape from the clutches of this phenomenon is that the crafts should move at a greater speed.

Height: Magnetic Hill is located at an elevation of 14000 feet above the sea level.

Location: To reach the hill, you can hit the Leh-Kargil-Baltic National Highway and it is situated at a distance of just 30 kms from Leh town.

Best time to visit: The best time to visit the Magnetic Hill is from June to October.

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Chadar Trek

For some years, adventure seekers all around the world have been talking about Chadar Trek in the Zanskar Region. Until this year, hundreds of people have experienced the thrill hidden and the mind blowing sights around Chadar frozen river. In fact, Chadar Trek is the most sought after and one of the breathtaking treks in the Himalayas. The winter trek is so special for those who are ready to have adventure at the maximum level. 

The river trek starts from Chilling where the river begins to freeze and mostly, travelers choose February as the best time to cross the frozen river as the ice sheets will be comparatively stable. The precarious snow-flakes would pose severe threats during the trek but in some other time, the challenges would be kind to the trekker. The surrounding of the river are completely vertical cliffs tall up to 600 meters. The Zanskar River is a tributary of the Indus and is 5 meters long. 

A trekker would have to cover 16 kms per day to complete the Chadar Trek. Usually, people opt for 10-15 days of trek depending on the climatic conditions persisting here. The temperature at Chadar will come to the lowest at -35 degree Celsius during winter and thus Chadar Trek becomes more intimidating. Approximate trekking distance one would have to cover in total is 75 kms.

Maximum altitude: 11123 feet is the height at which Chadar Trek would lead you to.

Location: To take part in Chadar Trek, one should arrive in Leh and from Leh, the journey starts and goes to Chilling, the beginning of the Zanskar River in the frozen state. From Leh it would take about 65-70 kms to reach Tilad via Chilling, the base camp of the trek.

Best time to visit: January end to February is the best time suitable for trekking in the frozen river of Chadar. Quality and safe trekking gears and highly warm clothes are required.

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Markha Valley Trek

Adventure lovers always had an affection to Markha Valley and still it fulfills the dreams of a trekker or adventure seeker with the unrivalled collection of natural spectacle. Long day trekking tours are offered by a lot of tour providers all over India which promise a journey through the most scenic locations and villages. The awesomely exciting feature of this trek is that it will let the trekker cross two high altitude passes in Ladakh; Gandala La at 4980 meters and Kongmaru La at 5276 meters.

 Being one of the diverse treks in Ladakh region, Markha Valley trek offers a lot of adventurous moments throughout. The barren land of Ladakh and the Buddhist temples found throughout the journey make the trek special. The route winds past the Ladakhi villages and it goes to Hemis National Park where the chances to spot some rare wildlife species are comparably high. The nomadic groups of people will be a unique picture to keep in heart. The symbols of Buddhism like ‘chortens’, stupas, multi colored prayer flags and numerous monasteries narrate the story of Buddhist culture embraced Markha centuries ago. Another interesting fact heard about Markha Valley trek is that it is also called ‘tea house trek’ due to the accommodation provided in parachute tents in most of the villages during the tour.

Maximum altitude: 15000 feet is the maximum altitude the trek will cover.

Location: In most of the cases, the trek starts from Leh. The trail usually goes through Chilling, Skyu and then to Markha. From Markha it would take the trekker to reach Hankar and Nimaling and finally return to Leh. The ideal trekking distance is 75 kms and it would be graded as difficult.

Best time to visit: The months of June, July, August, September and October are recommended as the best time to do Markha Valley trek.

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Stok Kongri Trek

Stok Kangri, Ladakh is one of the most popular places for high altitude trekking in India. Although the beauty of Ladakh draws in innumerable tourists and trekkers from all over the country and the world, the Stok Kangri trek isn’t really suited for anyone and everyone.

It is advisable that only experienced trekkers set out on this expedition as the climatic and geographical conditions of the place may not suit novice or amateur trekkers. Nonetheless, Stok Kangri is one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in the country. It is for this reason that the Stok Kangri trek forms an inevitable experience while trekking in India.

The trek begins from Leh, which is noted for its natural beauty as well as the warm and hospitable people. During the first couple of days of the trek, you can move around Leh, go sightseeing and get acclimatized to the weather of the region. These couple of days will prepare you for the trek ahead. You will next be taken to Chang Ma via Stok Village by road.

The journey from Leh to Stok Village takes you to witness the amiable yet fictional setting which includes lush greenery, glistening snow peaks and scenic splendor of the region in this stretch. On reaching Chang Ma, you reach a snow covered region and begin trekking. You will need to climb on for about three hours. From here you will head on to Manokorma, which is at an elevation of 14200 feet.

During the trek, you will be able to view some very beautiful peaks such as the Gulap Kangri, Parcha Kangri, etc. The base camp of the trek is at an elevation of 16, 300 feet. From here, the journey continues till you reach the Stok Kangri. The rewarding scenery from the top is what draws trekkers from all over the world to high altitude trekking in India. The trek back to Leh is a bit arduous and you may need to be careful while climbing down the mountainous terrain.

Best Season: June - October

Difficulty Level: Medium

Max. Elevation: 5000 m

Number of Days: Maximum 10 days of trek can be done here

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