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  • One of the many wonderful activities that the landscape of Ladakh offers its guests is river rafting. Rafting in Ladakh is one of the most underappreciated activities in the region, but also one of the most adventurous. Ladakh is home to the Indus river, which flows across its northern region before entering Pakistan. Though the river here is just beginning to gain momentum, the rapids to be found within it are of a force and intensity that make rafting in it a marvellous experience. Rafting can also be enjoyed on the rapids of the Zanskar river. 

    The force of the waters along with the twists and turns of the river makes white water rafting on the Zanskar a memorable adventure. The majesty of the Ladakh landscape adds a lot of depth to the act of rafting. The towering mountains, the chilly winds, the fresh aromas in the air, the freezing waters and the sense of possibility that hangs in the air, all make Ladakh white water rafting a peculiarly intense experience. If you are looking to go white water rafting on the Indus or Zanskar rivers, the best rapids include Phey to Nimo, Phey to Indus via Zanskar, Upshi to Kharu, Nimo to Alchi and Phey to Saspol. You can choose the rapid based upon the level of difficulty you are willing to undertake since the rivers have rapids ranging from level I to level IV. 

    All through your rafting adventure, you will be accompanied by knowledgeable guides and any safety concerns will also be addressed. Rafting in Leh is not a dangerous experience and can be enjoyed with an easy mind and an eager heart. River rafting adds depth to your Ladakh tour and allows you to enjoy the region in a different manner. White water rafting is not simply an adventure activity you undertake in Ladakh, it is an experience you live through. 

    Here is a guide to river rafting in Ladakh:

  • 01Best Season for Rafting

    The Indus River water levels will remain high during the months from June to August, which is the best season for fascinating rafting expeditions. If you are planning a trip to Leh Ladakh that includes rafting, we recommend you to do it in this monsoon season, for it will be an experience of a lifetime.


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  • 03Rafting Ladakh Cost

    The cost for rafting in Ladakh is not that expensive. It is quite affordable. On an average a grade II+ rafting for 2+ hours will be somewhere around Rs. 1500 to Rs. 1800. This can increase or decrease based on the travel agent you pick and the level of rafting and time period you pick. However, this is the average rate - give or take a hundred.


  • 04Types of Rapids and Difficulty Level

    The white water Indus River rafting has rapids that are generally of I and II grades. However, some places can even have grades that can go from III to even V rapids. Some of the quite popular places in Leh for rafting are from Phey to Nimo. Upshi to Kharu and Upshi to Nimo are quite famous too. Some of the well-known raft points with rapids are difficulty levels are as follows:

    Phey to Nimo:

    Rapid: Grade II or III

    Difficulty Level: Medium

    Upshi to Kharu:

    Rapid: Grade I or II

    Difficulty Level: Easy

    Upshi to Nimo:

    Rapid: Grade II or III

    Difficulty Level: Medium

    Phey to Saspol:

    Rapid: Grade I

    Difficulty Level: Easy

    Phey to Indus via Zanskar at Nimo:

    Rapid: Grade III to V

    Difficulty Level: Medium to Hard

    Nimo to Alchi:

    Rapid: Grade III+

    Difficulty Level: Hard

    Alchi to Khaltsey via Nurla:

    Rapid: Grade II or III

    Difficulty Level: Medium

    Based on your likes and preferences, we would recommend you to pick a raft that will suit your needs. Do not attempt the hard level rafts if this is your first time. Go for the medium ones as they are both challenging as well as fun. If you are unsure, take your rafting guide’s suggestion.


  • 05Safety Measures in Rafting

    1. Choose a licensed, professional rafting agent.
    2. Always wear a life jacket, even if you know swimming.
    3. Make sure that your outfit and life jacket are comfortable.
    4. Do not wear any loose jewelry.
    5. Hold the paddle properly.
    6. Stay in the boat – Do not move unnecessarily.
    7. Learn at least basic swimming techniques before going on hard level rafting.
    8. Know and follow the commands that your raft leader gives.
    9. Do not panic. By panicking you are putting everyone at risk. Always be confident and cool.
    10. Listen to your guide in case of any issues. Do not act on your own accord.

    These are the Ten Commandments for safe rafting. Remember these throughout the rafting session. It also helps to stay calm and bold all through the rafting. By following these simple tips you can easily enjoy the experience of rafting in Ladakh.


  • 06Things to Carry

    While you cannot carry much on the rafting boat, except may be a waterproof camera, if you are really interested, you need to carry these things and leave it in the starting point while going on a rafting trip.

    1. Towel
    2. Dry clothing
    3. Water shoes (to wear it in the boat – this is optional)
    4. Sunscreen
    5. Chapstick
    6. Toiletries
    7. Wallet

    Apart from this while you are rafting, you must be wearing easily dryable simple clothes – like shorts and tee.

  • Other Activities to do in Ladakh

  • 07Biking in Ladakh

    Biking in Ladakh

    Ladakh is a magnificent land and exploring it is an adventure unlike any other. There are many ways to explore Ladakh, but one of the best ways to do so is by heading out on a motor biking trip around Ladakh. Biking in Ladakh can be a particularly intimate experience, with the high mountains enveloping you all around and the fresh, cold winds dashing into your face. 

    Biking is also an extremely accessible option- bikes can be had in Srinagar, Manali, and even Leh itself, and they can be taken to all kinds of places where a car might find it difficult to go. Biking in Ladakh is one of the best ways to enjoy your trip to the region, so make the most of it.

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    Leh Bike Tour Adventure with Camping

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  • 08Chadar Trek

    Chadar Trek

    Ladakh is the land of trekking adventurers with trails of all kinds enriching its lands. But the Chadar trek, also known as the Frozen River trek, is one of the most fantastic trekking adventures you can undertake in Ladakh. The Chadar trek only takes place in the winter months when the Zanskar River freezes over. 

    Trekkers walk over the frozen river, covering a distance of approximately 100 kilometres in a span of 8 to 10 days. This trek is one of the most challenging treks in the world, and not to be undertaken lightly. But the sheer thrill of living that you get out of experiencing this trek makes it absolutely worth the effort put into it, and the memories you make walking in sub-zero temperatures promise to stay with you for a lifetime. 

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    Short Chadar Trek: an Adventure of a Lifetime

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  • 09Jeep Safari

    Jeep Safari

    Jeep safaris are among the most popular tourist touring options in Ladakh. Jeep safaris are fantastic because tourists can experience all of Ladakh with them easily and conveniently. Most jeep safaris of Ladakh begin in either Srinagar or Manali and include not only the attractions of Ladakh butt also those that fall on the route to Ladakh, like Sarchu, Baralacha La, Zoji La, Gulmarg, Sonamarg and others. In Ladakh, tourists have the chance to visit the monasteries, popular passes and popular lakes of the region. 

    Jeep safaris are a great travel option for those who are travelling in large groups. There are many kinds of safaris available in Ladakh, including women-only safaris, so you can choose one according to your convenience. 

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    Manali Leh Manali Jeep Safari

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  • 10Quad Biking in Nubra Sand Dunes

    Nubra valley features a desert-like landscape with sand dunes enriching its beauty. Enjoying these sand dunes is an experience to be had in Ladakh and it is best done with quad biking. Quad biking on the sand dunes of Nubra valley serves to combine adventure with sightseeing and gives you an experience that is undeniably breathtaking. 

    You can quad bike solo through the dunes of Nubra or partner up on the bike and enjoy an adventure along with a loved one. 

  • 11Cycling

    Cycling

    Cycling in Ladakh is an audacious undertaking and one of the most adventurous and brave activities you can enjoy in the region. Cycling through the vast landscape of Ladakh promises to be a breathtaking experience, and it is also one of the most intimate ways of enjoying the land. Cycling around Ladakh makes you pay more attention to the smaller details of the landscape and allows you to admire the intricacy with which the greatest of marvels are wrought. 

    Cycling also makes you fell one with the land and can be a very meditative experience. The stillness without adds to the stillness within and the strenuous nature of the activity necessarily forces away all worrisome thoughts. It is a beautiful experience and the pride of completing a cycling expedition from Manali to Ladakh is something that stays with you forever. 

    Manali to Leh Cycling Tour 2018

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  • 12Markha Valley Trek

    Markha Valley Trek

    The Markha Valley Trek is one of the most adventurous treks in Ladakh. Considered to be amongst the more moderate treks in the region, the Markha Valley Trek takes the trekkers through the Hemis National Park, crosses Gandala La and Kongmaru La passes, passes over some deep river waters of the Markha river and weaves through several Ladakhi villages. 

    The trek offers some of the most exotic views of the Ladakh and Zanskar ranges, along with Stok kangri and Kang Yissay. Trekking to Markha valley is a wonderful experience that can be enjoyed even by people who are not extremely well-versed trekking tough routes. Culture and natural beauty come together on this trek to make it one of the best ways of exploring Ladakh

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    Markha Valley Trek, Ladakh 2018

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  • 13Camping at Pangong Lake

    Camping at Pangong Lake

    Pangong Lake is one of the most breathtaking places to visit in Ladakh. This fairytale lake is spread out over 150 kilometres and spans both India and Tibet. The changing colours of the lake with the stalwart mountains reflected in its depths against a deep blue sky make for an experience that imprints itself in your memories indelibly. While you can take a day trip to Pangong lake, the camping on the shores of the lake is a far more powerful and magical experience. 

    To watch the lake as it takes on the fiery colours of the setting sun before its turns into a moonlit mystery and to sit by the campfire in the surrounded by the night’s total stillness is what experiencing Ladakh is all about. Camping in Pangong lake is an experience that should not be missed when you are in Ladakh. 

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  • 14Camel Safari in Nubra Valley

    Nubra valley is a vast and beautiful destination in Ladakh- part grassland, part desert, surrounded on all sides by mountains breathtaking in their majesty. There are many ways to enjoy the beauty of this valley, but undertaking a camel safari is one of the best. Camel safaris in Ladakh  are memorable in part because they are so unique. 

    To head out into the valley bouncing upon the back of a graceful camel and to explore its nooks and corners in depth is a fascinating experience. There are many opportunities for camel safaris in Nubra Valley and many options. You can choose to undertake a multi-day safari that takes you all over the valley or simply enjoy a single day on camel-back. 

  • 15Solve the Mystery of Magnetic Hill

    The Magnetic Hill is one of Ladakh’s most popular touristic attractions as well as one of its most startling natural wonders. The Magnetic Hill is a “gravity hill’, that is to say, it is capable of creating an optical illusion which makes objects that are actually travelling downhill appear as if they are moving uphill in defiance of gravity. 

    This optical illusion makes looking upon the activities on the hill a mind-bending experience. It is a unique phenomenon, one of the few in India. Experiencing the mysterious illusion of the Magnetic Hill is an adventure you must not miss out on when in Ladakh

  • 16Explore the Monasteries of Ladakh

    Buddhism has deep roots in Ladakh and the monasteries that dot the landscape of the region are a perfect testament to this legacy. There are hundreds of monasteries in Ladakh though only a few of them are in good condition and open to the public. The monasteries of Ladakh date as far back as the 1st century Ad and are wonderful places to explore.

    The far-flung locations of these monasteries in addition to their customary serenity and stillness make them wonderfully restorative locations in Ladakh. No trip to the region is complete without visits to the monasteries of Ladakh, most notable of which are the Hemis Monastery, the Diskit Monastery, the Thiksey Monastery, the Likir Monastery, and the Spituk Monastery. 

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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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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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