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Popular Places for Trekking in Ladakh

  • When you hear the word ‘adventure,’ Ladakh is one of the first destinations to come to your mind. Popularly known with the names like “Land of High Passes” and “Biker’s Mecca,” Ladakh’s popularity as an adventure destination is on a constant rise. As you must be aware, it is the most popular choice in India among passionate bikers as who can avoid the exciting bike trip at Ladakh. The lesser-known fact is that there are some excellent trails for trekking in Ladakh to introduce trekkers with its extraordinary beauty. Ladakh Valley comprises of a number of trekking trails passing through magnificent valleys, scenic rivers, age-old Buddhist monasteries, high-altitude mountains, and whatnot to woo the adventure enthusiasts that visit Ladakh. The region is replete with places worthy of calling the epitome of beauty and places that let you steal a glimpse into the rich culture and heritage of Ladakh Valley.

    Vast valleys with barren terrains, green grazing lands, snow-laden grounds and beautiful rivers characterize the beauty of treks in Ladakh. Ladakh displays a perfect amalgamation of adventure and scenic beauty. From the world-famous frozen river trek of Chadar to the exhilarating Stok Kangri climb, Ladakh region has treasured some precious gems in its closet to offer to those who prefer to live on the edge and explore the unexplored. Trek through the painting-like valleys of the region, climb over sky-touching mountain peaks and walk through the frozen river – Ladakh has so much in store to offer to adventure lovers coming to the magical valley on the quest of solace, adrenaline rush, and an unforgettable experience.


    Here is a list of some of the best treks in Ladakh:

  • 01Chadar: The Frozen River Trek

    Chadar: The Frozen River Trek

    Too many treks in Ladakh and other parts of the country that demands one to trek through the snow-laden trail or walk on a rocky terrain, but Chadar Trek is the most unique one where you walk upon the Zanskar River – a frozen one, of course. 

    The trek is renowned all over the world and has been featured in travel magazines and documentaries. It is also considered to be one of the toughest treks in India as it involves extreme weather conditions. The temperature at night drops down to as low as minus 25 to 30-degree Celsius.

    The trek features some breathtaking views of snow-clad and rocky Himalayan mountains. Besides, one of the major attractions on the trek is the frozen waterfalls at Nerak. Everything about the frozen river trek is unique, from the scenery and unusual campsites to temperature and atmosphere, making this trek one of its kind.

    Altitude: 11,123 ft.

    Duration: 9 Days

    Best Season: Mid January to February End

    Difficulty Level: Difficult


    For all those adventurous spirits and nature lovers, Ladakh has loads to offer when it comes to adventure.

    Chadar Trek - Frozen River Zanskar Trek - 2019

    Chadar Trek - Frozen River Zanskar Trek - 2019

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  • 02Stok Kangri Trek

    Stok Kangri Trek

    If you are interested in testing your ability and challenging yourself to trek beyond the usual to discover something unusual, Stok Kangri Climb is for you. This rewarding trek is an adventure in the truest sense and demands one to be physically and mentally enduring. However tough the trek may be, it is one of the best treks in the Ladakh region which takes you through varied landscapes.

    You will see the views dramatically changing after crossing every couple of miles. At a point you will be staring at the majestic Himalayan peaks while walking on the barren landscape, and at some other point you will find yourself walking through green terrain adorned with colourful flowers.

    Furthermore, the views that you get to witness from the top of the peak are matchless – you will be staring at K2, Indus and Zanskar Valley.

    Altitude: 20080 ft.

    Duration: 9 Days

    Best Season: Mid July to Mid September

    Difficulty Level: Difficult

    Stok Kangri Trek 2018, Ladakh

    Stok Kangri Trek 2018, Ladakh

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  • 03Markha Valley Trek

    Markha Valley Trek

    Markha Valley is located close to Markha River and lies between Ladakh and Zanskar. The valley features some amazing sceneries laced with dramatic rocky canyons and barren and wild landscapes. This is among the best Ladakh treks.

    While trekking here, you also get to cross several attractions of the place including quaint villages displaying the indigenous culture and distinctive setting. This exciting trek takes you through the picturesque Hemis National Park and two pass crossing are also involved – Gandala La Pass and Kongmaru La. If you are an adventure seeker who also happens to be interested in landscape photography, you must take Markha Valley Trek to have an unforgettable experience of trekking in Ladakh.

    Challenge yourself to take this trek and let your feet take you through a trail adorned with prayer flags, high altitude passes, vibrant Ladakhi culture, scenic river and much more that you can discover only once you set out to trek through the beautiful valley of Markha.

    Altitude: 17,060 ft.

    Duration: 9 Days

    Best Season: June to September

    Difficulty level: Moderate

    Check the best Markha valley trek guide, for the most awesome trekking experience.

    Markha Valley Trek, Ladakh 2018

    Markha Valley Trek, Ladakh 2018

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  • 04Kashmir Great Lakes Trek 2018

    Kashmir Great Lakes Trek 2018
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    Departure Dates:
    July: 22,28
    August: 4,5,11,18,19,25,26
    September: 1,2,8,9,15,16,22,23,29,30

    About the Kashmir Great Lake Trek:

    Nestled high up in the mountains and beckoning the travellers from far and wide Kashmir Great Lakes trek is another hidden jewels of Kashmir. The trek to the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek offers a lifetime experience for all the nature lovers and the trekkers. The thundering hush of the Kashmir lakes and its virgin excellence is enchanted. Aside from the lakes, even the desolate smooth snow clad mountains emerge in might and pleased. You will start this amazing trek from Srinagar and then continue exploring the beauty of the region. 

    On your second day, you will start from Sonmarg. You will cover some of the most scenic places in a period of 8 days. As you continue your trek you will be rewarded with the mesmerizing views of the pictorial streams and the Shekdur Range. On your third day, you will trek from Nichnai to Vishansar Lake and come across the stunning views of the lush valleys and the small rivers on the side. Your trek will undergo a steep descend and will lead you to a cascading waterfall that joins the river. 

    Behold at the captivating views of the Himalayan Range and also the Vishansar Lake during the trek. On your fourth and fifth day, you will you will trek to Vishansar and then to Gadsa which will be around 11km of trekking. Marvel at the sight of the pictorial lakes and the exotic flowers and snow on both the sides. On your sixth and seventh day, you will cover Gadsar, Satsar and then to Gangabal Twin lakes. On both these days, you will cover a distance of 12km and 9 km respectively. 

    You trek will lead you to a gurgling stream and then to the beautiful lakes. Keep staring for long at the beautiful lake and also catch some trout fish while you are here. You will also pass through many small bridges and ramble on grassy land dotted with yellow flowers and pine forest during your trek. This Kashmir Great Lakes trek package is definitely the best trek for you to do in this year.

    About the Destination:

    Go on a Kashmir Great Lakes trek and get enchanted with Kashmir, a celestial land nothing short of a fairy tale. A surreal destination, there are many natural gems tucked away here. One of them is Srinagar, the summer capital of the state known for its refreshing gardens, lakes and houseboats. Another sought-after place here is Sonamarg. Meaning the meadow of gold this is where frosty mountains cast against the clear deep blue sky make for a postcard image. Pristine and untouched, the lakes over here be it Dal Lake, Vishansar Lake or Gangabal Twin lakes are surreal and a rare sight. 

    Alpine and snow clad mountains, green meadows, rocky terrains, gurgling streams, silver birch and other untouched beauties of Mother Earth make for a varied and complete trekking experience of around 63km. Rediscover serenity and uncover what makes Kashmir Great Lakes Trek a trove for adventure and nature enthusiasts seeking a thrilling experience of trekking in India. Kashmir Great Lakes best time to visit is from July to September. This amazing trek takes you through some of the most beautiful sights that are hidden from the normal eyes. The best part about the trek is that you will get a chance to see five beautiful lakes together and each reflecting the beauty of the other. 

    As you continue you will find that the mountains in the background make the whole place looks majestic. Witness the beauty of the lakes with the snowflakes on the top making the lake much prettier.  Adding to it the golden flowers in bloom, the dark blue sky and the lush green grass will seem like just another heaven on earth.  Each day of the trek holds something new for you which you will cherish for a lifetime.

    Kashmir Great Lakes Trek Highlights:

    - This trek is one of the most beautiful treks and is the only trek where you can explore five stunning lakes in the world at a high altitude.

    - The trek to the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek offers a lifetime experience of vintage memories which you will cherish for a lifetime.

    - Get a chance to witness the high mountain passes and the snow patches that feed the lakes. Occasionally you might also see milky white icebergs floating on the lake’s inky blue surface.

    - Although this trek will lead you to some steep ascend you will also get to see small hamlets and the lights flickering there.

    - Your trekking trail will take you through innumerable meadows, snow-clad glaciers and pinnacles passes, rocky barren lands, struggling streams.

    Quick Facts:

    Temperature: Day: 17°C-20°C and Night: 3°C-4°C

    Trekking Distance:  72km

    Maximum Altitude: 13,800ft

    Difficulty Level: Moderate 

    Starting and Ending Point: The trek starts at Sonmarg and ends at Naranag 

    Railway Station: Jammu is the nearest railway station 

    Airport: Srinagar Airport

    Base Camp: Sonmarg

  • 05Lamayuru to Chilling Trek, Ladakh 2018

    Lamayuru to Chilling Trek, Ladakh 2018
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    About the Activity:

    With Lamayuru to Chilling trek, experience Ladakh treks like never before! Be a part of an exotic experience that takes you through beautiful and challenging trails, giving you splendid mountain peak views.  Of all the trekking trips in India, this is surely one which will reveal natural treasures tucked away near the remote villages of Leh and Ladakh. 

    With this Lamayuru Chilling trek experience, walk through snow covered trails, cross rivers and pass villages that are not just beautiful but also hospitable. During the course of this trek, you will get to see beautiful views of the Stok and Karakoram ranges and get up and close with three passes namely Dung Dung Chan La Pass, Prinkti La Pass and the Kongskil La Pass, where you will be fascinated with unusual flora and fauna. Be part of a monastery visit and get an insight of the life and lifestyle of its residents. If you love to trek, be sure not to miss out on this Lamayuru to Chilling trek!

    Altitude: 4950m

  • 06Lamayuru to Darcha Trek

    This trek is one of the most talked about treks in Ladakh that establish connectivity with the beautiful Zanskar Valley. One can notice a large number of monasteries tucked in the small villages in this trail. The names of the few of the wonderful monasteries which lift up the spirit of trekkers trekking through this route are Lamayuru, Phuktal and Lingshet.

    Lamayuru to Darcha trek has received appreciation from the various trekkers across the globe for its amazing terrain and this is the reason it is tagged as one of the world’s most desired trekking ground. One must visit this trek if one desires of experiencing the true colour of a trekking region.

    Altitude: 5000 m

    Duration: 20 Days

    Best Season: July-September

    Difficulty Level: Easy

  • 07Ripchar Valley Trek

    The onset point of this trek is located near the Lamayuru monastery and is considered as one of the most intriguing treks in Ladakh. The trek is wrapped with a number of mountain ranges such as Zanskar, Karakoram and the ranges which form part of the Great Himalayas.

    The panoramic view offered by this trek is the prime reason for a great football. The Ripchar Valley Trek is dotted with the presence of a great number of smaller villages, pastures etc. During the months of July and August, the region becomes a valley of flowers and provides a visual treat for the bird watchers.

    The irrigated crop growing fields of the Zanskar and Karakoram Range gives a breathtaking view as well as the amazing joy to the trekkers. This trek finishes in the region of Chilling which is world-renowned for the production of copper. What one explores during trekking in Ladakh region is truly phenomenal and worth witnessing!!

    Altitude: 4300 m

    Duration: 9 Days

    Best Season: June to September

    Difficulty Level: Easy

  • 08Padum to Darcha Trek

    This exciting trek starts at Padum in Zanskar and takes you to Darcha in Himachal. The trail will take you through the scenic spots like Tokpa, Chalang, Ramjak, Lakong, Shingo La Pass, etc. If you are a beginner who wants to witness some of the most spectacular views while trekking, this trek is apt for you. 

    The trekking trail encompasses vast pastures with colourful flowers and quaint villages exhibiting varied cultures. Keep your camera handy to capture the changing landscapes while breathing in the beauty of this scenic trekking route.

     While you trek from Padum to Darcha, you will also get to witness some rope bridges spanning over the rivers flowing through valleys, with gorgeous mountains in the backdrop, iconic monasteries, old Hindu temples. Padum to Darcha Trek is a fascinating trek offering a beautiful trail for trekking in Ladakh.

    Altitude: 16,700 ft.

    Duration: 9 Days

    Best Season: June to September

    Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate

  • 09Snow Leopard Trek 2018, Ladakh

    Snow Leopard Trek 2018, Ladakh
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    Starting and ending point: Leh Airport


    About the Snow Leopard Trek:

    You are invited to take part in a Snow Leopard Trekking package that offers eight days of complete adventure and excitement. It starts once you arrive the wonderland of Leh. Begin the expedition with an exploration of the glistening town when the Himalayas are forming the best background every time. Zingchen is the gateway to the entrance of the most awaited Rumbak Gorge. You will be climbing up to an impressive altitude of 3050 meters and come at the narrow gorge.

    Then you are invited to unfold the wild paths of mystical land of Husing by understanding the mountainous slopes. In extreme winter, the Snow Leopard and other animals are forced to come down from the high altitudes they live usually and that is why Hemis National Park is a perfect winter trek. You will have chances widened to spot them easily. 

    Explore Husing and walk around the Rumbak Valley and watch the Argali Sheep roaming around. Come back to Leh after capturing the manipulative sights of Husing and wind up your Snow Leopard trek.


    About the Destination:

    Snow Leopard Trek is one of the most sought after treks in Ladakh. It is situated in the eastern part of Ladakh, at an altitude of 3000 meters. Being a dominant part of the famous Hemis National Park, it spreads an area of 600 sq.kilometers in the valleys of Markha and Rumbak. Since it is a protected area, the trek to spot the rare animals here would be a thrilling experience. Not just about animals, birds and other species of insects will make the bio diversity an attractive one here.

    On this trek, you may get chances to spot the rare and endangered species live only in the cold desert among which the snow leopard, Ibex, Shapo, Marmot, Tibetan Hare, Antelope etc are the very unique ones to have a look. Birds like Snow Patridge, Snow Cock, Horned Lark, Red Billed Chuff etc. And these animals are one of the major attractions in Ladakh and it is a favourite spot for many adventure lovers as well as animal lovers.

    Snow Leopard Trek is a popular winter trek which let each of the trekkers would come to see the end of human interference and just the world of wild. The rugged mountains, the wild stretches of greenery and the points where those rare species of animals and birds can be spotted make this trek amusing. At each turn of the trail, you may get surprises that can be cherished a lifetime. It enables you to know the stories behind Rumbak Valley too.


    Snow Leopard Trek Highlights:

    - This offers you the exotic sights of snow-clad Himalayas from everywhere and never miss the chance to negotiate with the frozen pathways in your expedition to spot the rare Snow Leopards.

    - Enjoy walking around the beautiful kingdom of Ladakh where you can find architecture and nature are blended in a perfect proportion.

    - Revel in the soothing ambience created by the unique flora and fauna of the cold deserted land.

    - Marvel at the particular Buddhist culture and preserved traditions of the town.

    - Get excited to click pictures of the very rare Snow Leopards, blue sheep, yaks and unique birds.

    - Walk on frozen river


    Quick Facts:

    Altitude: 9,842 ft

    Temperature: Daytime; –25°C to +6°C, Nighttime; -10°C to - 25°C 

    Difficulty Level: Difficult

    Starting and ending point: Leh Airport

    Base Camp: Zingchen


  • 10Lamayuru to Alchi trek

    Unveil the charm of the imposing Himalayas in Ladakh region on this exciting trek that begins at the oldest monastery in Ladakh – Lamayuru and ends at the Alchi Monastery, renowned for its Buddhist art in the Kashmiri tradition. The trail passes through Wanla, Urshi and Tar La Pass, offering some awe-inspiring vistas. Experience the offbeat in the most unique manner on this trek – cross photographic rivers walking over wooden bridges and visit historical monasteries you find en route. 

    The trek between Lamayuru and Alchi is equally fascinating for adventure lovers and landscape photographers owing to the dramatic landscapes, captivating destinations of Leh and Ladakh it passes through and remote villages and monasteries it gives you an opportunity to visit to take a closer look at the cultural spectrum of this region.

    Altitude: 17,220 ft.

    Duration: 9 Days

    Best Season: July to October

    Difficulty Level: Moderate

  • 11Lamayuru Stok Kangri

    Image Credit : Alberto Bertotto

    Lamayuru is an ancient monastery, located at a distance of 120 km from Leh, and is the starting point of this trek that takes you to the high altitude peak of Stok Kangri. Stok Kangri is, without a doubt, one of the most popular peaks among trekkers for trekking in Ladakh. 

    The trail covers scenic places like Wanla, Hinju, Konzke La, Dundunchenla, Chilling and Ganda La featuring a wide variety of distinctive landscapes. On this trek, walk through barren lands and green meadows while gazing at the sky-kissing mountain peaks blanketed in illuminating white snow, creating a gorgeous contrast of grey and white. 

    The trek has numerous delights for adventurers and photographers. The best part of the trek is when you set your foot on Stok Kangri Summit, you get to see the very famous Karakoram Range along with some other stunning views.

    Altitude: 20,187 ft.

    Duration: 12 Days

    Best Season: June to October

    Difficulty Level: Moderate.

  • 12Markha Valley Trek with Stok Kangri Climb

    Image Credit : Jørn Eriksson

    Experience the ultimate trekking fun covering the extraordinarily beautiful meadows of Markha Valley on your expedition to Stok Kangri. This trek experience combines the varied experiences of trekking through stunning landscapes, crossing picturesque rivers, visiting ancient Buddhist monasteries and climbing the “so-high” peak of Stok Kangri, creating a once-in-a-lifetime trek for adventurers.

    Before you reach Stok Kangri, the trail will take you through places like Chilling, Skyu, Markha, Kongmaru La Pass, Gyuncho La Pass, Shang La Pass and many more that will stun you with their landscapes and the views they offer. Ultimately, on reaching the top of Stok Kangri, you will be greeted with magnificent views of Tibet, Karakoram and the Pamirs. 

    If you have an experience of strenuous high altitude treks, add this to your bucket list to up your trekking game.

    Altitude: 20,187 ft.

    Duration: 10 Days

    Best Season: Mid-June to Mid-October

    Difficulty Level: Moderate

  • 13Jhunglam Hemis to Padum Trek

    The Jhunglam Hemis to the Padum trek is one of the most beautiful trekking routes which traverses from remote towns into the mountain peaks. The trek is really wild to traverse through the Route, the best periods of trekking being from the months of August to October as during this period the snow is gone and the rivers are also silent to be crossed. 

    Altitude: 5200 m

    Duration: 12 days

    Best Season: August to October

    Difficulty Level:
    Difficult

  • 14Kang Yatse and Dzo Jongo

    This is among the most popular treks in Markha Valley in the Ladakh region, encompassing breathtaking valleys, snow-laden trails, and vistas of sky-high mountain peaks along with amazing monasteries that lie on the trail. This trail runs across Tachungtse, Hanker, Nimaling Plateau, Jungo Ri Peak, and Sundo Village. Kang Yatse and Dzo Jongo are twin peaks boasting the altitudes of 6280 m and 6175 m, respectively. 

    On this expedition to these beautiful mountain peaks, along with some extremely gorgeous green spaces, you get to experience the ice climb at the end of the expedition. Though it is comparatively easier to take this trek during summers, this trail blanketed in the sheen of white snow during winters is truly magical. This trekking expedition makes trekking in Ladakh an outstanding experience.

    Altitude: 20,341 ft.

    Duration: 13 Days

    Best Season: July to September

    Difficulty Level: Difficult

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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

To see the pure, rugged face of nature, One must visit Ladkah 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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