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  • There can be no dearth of mountain passes in a land whose very name implies “the land of passes” and the number of mountain passes in Ladakh are a part of the fame of the region. Tourists come to Ladakh to visit its passes just as much as to visit its lakes and glaciers. The high altitudes of all these passes convert them from mere roadways to veritable adventure destinations. 

    Standing atop the Khardung La pass or driving up the steep Marsmik La pass are not experiences that are easily forgotten; they imprint themselves on your memories and warm your heart with their magnificence long after you have left them far behind. The mountain passes Ladakh are not just passes, they are part of the cultural and historical character of the region. 

    These are the passes which the ancient traders traversed to reach the far-flung regions in the east and the west. These are the passes where soldiers fought with the warring Pakistan army, putting their lives on the line for their country. Ladakh’s passes are part of its cultural inheritance, and should not be missed when in the region.

    There are dozens of passes in Ladakh but only a few of them are open to motorists. No matter if you are travelling to Leh from Manali or Srinagar, you will come across several passes en route. While most passes are just stretches of roads, some passes have tea stalls and interesting monuments close by which you can pay a visit to. 

    In a cut above the rest, the Rohtang La pass also has many adventure activities that tourists can enjoy on their visit. Once in Ladakh, there are several other passes to visit including the famous Khardung la pass and the highest motorable Marsmik La pass. Many mountain passes in Ladakh have local legends associated with them so you could try hiring a local guide or simply conversing with the locals about the pass before you head over to it. 

    This will allow you to enjoy the pass more comprehensively. Visits to mountain passes in Ladakh are an adventure that you should not miss out on, so read on to find out more about some of the best passes to visit when in Ladakh.

    Here are some of the highest mountain passes of Ladakh:

  • 01Rohtang Pass

    One of the most famous mountains passes in India, the Rohtang Pass is a popular tourist attraction in Himachal Pradesh. Situated close to Manali, this pass offers tourists a chance to enjoy a high altitude combined with a majestic view and thrilling adventure activities. 

    Rohtang Pass acts as a natural divide between Kullu- Manali and Lahaul- Spiti, so if you are planning on visiting Lahaul, Spiti and Ladakh via the Manali route, you will definitely cross this pass. 

    Rohtang Pass is covered in snow all year long, so if you wish to enjoy some snow-based activities in the summer months, this is the place to head to. Open only between April and November, Rohtang Pass is a place of adventure. Getting here involves a beautiful and often courageous ride through narrow roads, with majestic mountains accompanying you all the time. 

    Once you are here, you can enjoy a whole host of activities like skiing, skating, paragliding, riding a snow scooter among others. Spending a day enjoying Rohtang Pass is a great way to enjoy a Himalayan vacation.

    Altitude: 3978 meters (13,050 feet)


     It doesn’t matter if you are an adventure junky or someone who travels with their whole pack for the experience, Ladakh has something for everyone.



  • 02Bara-Lacha La Pass

    Bara-Lacha La is a famous mountain pass in Ladakh. Situated in the Zanskar Range of the Himalayas, this pass connects Lahual to Ladakh and can be understood as the gateway to Ladakh. This beautiful destination has always been a place of historical significance, acting as it did as an important trade route in the past.

     A panoramic view of Himalayan mountains can be enjoyed from the pass, and the peace and stillness that is to be experienced here exceed all expectations. Unlike Rohtang pass, this pass does not have any touristic activities to offer, which leads to lesser touristic crowds here. 

    This allows those who stop here to enjoy the majesty of the Himalayas in their entirety, without being distracted by major crowds. Stopping at the Bara-lacha La on your way to Ladakh is a wonderful experience that should not be missed. 

    If you are looking to enjoy some adventure in Ladakh, you could engage in the trek from Bar-lacha La to Chandra Taal. Over the 7 to 8 days of this trek, you will be able to experience the Bar-lacha Pass and its environs in the most memorable way possible.  

    Altitude: 4,890 metres (16,040 feet)


  • 03 Lungalacha La Pass

    Situated some distance away from Bar-lacha Pass is the Lungalacha Pass. A high altitude pass which is nevertheless easy to trek, this pass separates the Tsarap Chu Chu valley from the Tozay valley and makes for a unique viewing point in Ladakh. 

    The pass falls on the Manali-Leh Highway, so if you are travelling to Ladakh via Manali, you will certainly stop at this pass. The views visible from the Lungalacha pass are breathtakingly powerful and spending an hour or two here will make you admire the marvels of nature with a whole new respect. 

    The terrain of the pass makes it easy for hikers and trekkers to explore the elevation often causes problems. But trekking around Lungalacha La pass is overall a rewarding experience that even relative beginners can enjoy. 

    The Lungalacha pass is located close to both Sarchu and Pangong lake, so tourists can combine visits to all three places in one trip and enjoy the best sights of Ladakh comprehensively.

    Altitude: 5,059 metres (16,600 feet)
  • 04Taglang La Pass

    Taglang La enjoys the fame of being the second highest mountain passes in Ladakh and is a must-visit tourist stop during Leh Ladakh road trip. With its staggering height, sweeping plains, and awe-inspiring views, Taglang La makes for a marvellous all-encompassing destination in Ladakh. 

    The pass is situated at a close distance to Leh with Sarchu and Upshi being neighbouring settlements. A visit to Taglang La can easily be combined with visits to these places. 

    If you are travelling to Ladakh via Manali, you will come across this pass, so make sure to stop here awhile. Taglang la is unique because of the cultivation all around it. It is a favourite pasture ground for the Changpa herdsman, so you can expect to see a fair share of goats and sheep grazing around the pass in the day. 

    The entire ambience of the pass is very appealing and visiting it is a good way to enjoy some time during your Ladakh trip.

    Altitude: 5,328 metres (17,480 feet)


  • 05Zoji La Pass

    Zoji La is a high altitude pass in Kashmir that leads up to Ladakh via Srinagar. The pass connects Kashmir and Ladakh and is, therefore, an important stopover destination if you are heading to Ladakh. The pass is beautiful in its majesty- the cool winds that are always blowing here add to the zest of the mighty mountain view that confronts the eye when you step out onto the pass. 

    There is always a hint of army presence when you are on this pass because of its history as a strategic location. 

    The pass was captured by Pakistan during the 1947 war and since then has been a sensitive zone in Indian militaristic defence. The pass is a wonderful place to stop at for an hour or two when on the way to Ladakh. Its close proximity to Sonamarg adds to the popularity of the pass, and you can easily combine a visit to both places in one trip if you feel so inclined.   

    Altitude: 3,528 metres (11,575 feet)

  • 06 Pensi La Pass

    Also known as the “Gateway to Zanskar”, Pensi La is one of the important mountain passes in Ladakh.  This mountain pass connects the Suru valley to the Zanskar valley and also acts as a watershed destination for the Suru River. This pass is essentially the beginning of Ladakh on the Srinagar route, and you can perceptibly see the landscape change hereon. 

    The Pensi La pass features glorious views owing to its high altitude and spending some time here taking in all the natural beauty ensconced by silence is a wonderful experience. The pass is situated close to Kargil and you can combine visits to the two together. 

    A lovely glacial lake and the Drang Drung Glacier also lie at close range to the Pensi La. If you wish to explore the region in greater depth, you can also visit the Rangdum Monastery which lies approximately 25 kilometres away from this pass.

    Altitude: 4,400 metres (14,436 feet)

  • 07Namika La Pass

    One of the most prominent mountain passes in Ladakh, Namika La is a thing of joy. Also known as the “Pillar of the Sky Pass”, it offers breathtaking views of the neighbouring peaks. The pass falls en route to the Mulbek valley and is a popular tourist stopping point on the way to Ladakh. There is a lot of scope for sightseeing in and around the pass. 

    There are the ancient rock carvings of Maitreya Buddha to be seen as well as a Buddhist Gompa. The pass connects Leh and Kargil and is one of the highest passes in the region. Stopping at this pass is a great way to signal your entrance into Leh Ladakh.

    Altitude: 3,700 metres (12,139 feet)


  • 08Fotu La Pass

    The highest pass on the Srinagar- Leh highway, the Fotu la is a magnificent place to visit during your trip bike to Ladakh and should be on the travel itineraries of all tourists. It is a beautiful pass and offers fantastic views of the mountainous neighbourhood. Driving on the Fotu la pass is an experience of a lifetime- the wide open roads with little to no traffic and the mountains looking on making the drive an adventure in itself. 

    Wild and chilly winds blow here all through the summer months and make the place a memorable one. Ladakh is a beautiful region and Fotu La embodies this beauty in a very majestic fashion. The tryst with nature that Fotu la brings you will stay in your heart for a long time.

    Altitude: 4,108 metres (13,478 feet)
  • 09 Chang La Pass

    Chang La is one of the high mountain passes in Ladakh that fall on the way to Pangong lake. Renowned for being the third highest motorable mountain pass in the world, Chang la is a beautiful pass with beautiful views and driving across it is an experience that you will cherish all life long. 

    The roadways are wide and often deserted, cool mountain breezes blow regularly, and its extreme steepness only adds to its adventurous ambience. It is necessary to traverse this pass if you wish to visit the Pangong Tso lake as well as the Changthang plateau. 

    Crossing the pass is a memorable experience not only because of the natural landscape but also because of the yak rides and the army tea stalls in the region. You can stop at the Chang Pass for a couple of hours and enjoy all of the different sights and sounds that it has to offer before driving onwards towards the Pangong lake. Also, you should not miss the chance of camping at Pangong Lake, as it will be one of the most memorable experiences of your Ladakh tour.  

    Altitude: 5,360 metres (17,590 feet)
  • 10Marsimik La Pass

    A must visit mountain pass in Ladakh, Marsimik La is famous for being the world’s highest motorable pass. You simply cannot miss the opportunity to drive through it when in Ladakh because this experience will be one of the defining moments of your trip to the region. There are a lot of things to do in and around the Marsimik la pass. Apart from visiting the beautiful glacial Pangong lake, you can also pay a very appealing visit to the hot springs near the pass. 

    There is also the opportunity to visit the six-lane highway built by China which extends right up to the India-China border in Ladakh. The high altitude of the pass makes the views from here very special and driving here is a truly memorable experience. However, the condition of the roads of Marsimik la is sketchy at best and this makes driving here a very tricky task. It is best to hire an experienced local driver who knows how to tackle these roads when you decide to pay a visit to the Marsiik La.

    Altitude: 5,582 metres (18,314 feet)


  • 11Khardung La Pass

    Undoubtedly, one of the best-known mountains passes in Ladakh, Khardung La is not a place you can afford to miss visiting when in Leh. The magnificent pass is one of the highest passes in the world and offers a glorious range of experiences to its visitors. The ride up to Khardung La itself is made up of exotic sights and sounds and is very memorable. 

    If you intend to visit the Shyok and Nubra valleys, you must cross this pass to reach there. Another one of the most prominent and grandiose sites that you will come across when on the way to Khardung la is the Siachen Glacier. 

    There are many trekking trails in Ladakh that also cross this pass. Bone-chilling winds are a constant feature of Khardung La and the mighty mountains all around add to the vibrancy of the experience. Drinking a cup of tea as you gaze upon the view is a simple experience but nonetheless a uniquely beautiful one. A trip to Khardung la is a once in a lifetime trip that you should not miss.

    Altitude: 5,359 metres (17,582 feet)
  • 12Saser La Pass

    A formidable mountain pass in Ladakh, Saser La is a place that must be experienced to be believed. It is an impressive pass and a dangerous one, and crossing it is a thrilling experience that stays on in the memory for long. The pass connects Ladakh to the Yarkand County in China and provides visitors with a breathtaking experience. 

    The roads along the pass are very rough and ready and driving across them is not an easy task. The steepness of the pass and the low-oxygen supplies there only add to the challenge. But for those who are able to overcome these obstacles and manage a ride through the pass, the experience is rewarding.

    Altitude: 5,411 metres (17,753 feet)



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 for 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 centre 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

To see the pure, rugged face of nature, One must visit Ladakh once in their lifetime.

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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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Hemis Monastery

The biggest monastery in the North India is Hemis Monastery, one of the must visit attractions in Ladakh region. Set on the foothills of Indus, Hemis Monastery has 200 branches and over 1000 monks are staying there. It belongs to the red sect Brokpa of Buddhist order. Here the young Lamas are trained for the royal monasteries at Leh, Shey and Basgo.

History

Hemis Gompa came into existence 17th century and it was built by Chapgon Gyalshas and from then on the gompa was getting the royal patronage of Ladakh till now. But there is a saying that the monastery was founded by the first incarnation of Stangsang Raspa Nawang Gyatso. After the missing of the head Lama in 1956, a young 12 year old boy from Dalhousie in Himachal Pradesh has been recognized as the head Lama of the gompa.

Structure of the monastery

The biggest monastery in the region has a surprising architecture and the building is quite appreciable. There are a lot of big statues and stupas decorated with stones and also the splendid collection of thankas. The collection of thankas is believed to be the largest and it would be shown to the public once in 11 years.

Location: Hemis Village is located 43 km south of Leh town and it is very easy to reach the monastery by bus or jeep.

Timing: 08:00 am to 01:00 pm and 02:00 pm to 06:00 pm

Entry fee: INR 100

Highlight: Hemis Festival is the prime attraction at the monastery which celebrates the birth anniversary of Guru Rinpoche. The tenth day of the Tibetan lunar month every 12th year is the date of festival.


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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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Stok Kangri 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 splendour 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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