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  • As it said that Ladakh is the land of dream there might be a lot of you who are still planning to tick right in your bucket list. Blessed with the beauty of the incandescent mountain and the longing valleys Ladakh has been beckoning travelers from far and wide. With its challenging and unique topography, Ladakh has been one of the favored destinations for thrilling activities. With numerous activities like white water rafting, mountaineering, jeep safaris, camping, and trekking. Out of all the thrilling activities in trekking in Ladakh is the main attraction for all the adventure seekers in the world.

    Offering some of the most beautiful treks Ladakh attracts a lot of tourist visit this soothing destination.  Whether it's trekking in winter or the summer seasons you will have the best experiences of your life.  There are a lot of places like Markha Valley; Tso Moriri, Stok Kangri, and Chadar are few of the famous treks in Ladakh. Be it’s a strenuous trek or an easy one you will always end up with the great adventure. Trek through the amazing beauty of the region with the exotic valleys.


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

  • 01Chadar: The Frozen River Trek

    The Zanskar lake gets frozen in the chilly winters when the temperatures drop to minus degree centigrades. Thus offering an amazing and also a memorable experience to trek on the frozen river is the Chadar frozen river trek.

    Do not be surprised if it feels as if one is sliding over the icy ground. The experience makes more beautiful by the wonderful surrounding sights like the thin icy glaciers and frozen streams. This overall imparts a very unique never ending impression on the minds of the tourist.

    Altitude: 3850 m
    Duration: 10-21 days
    Best Season: Mid Jan to End Feb
    Difficulty Level: Difficult

  • 02Markha Valley Trek

    Markha Valley Trek

    The Markha Valley trek places the individuals trekking through its terrain close to the awe-inspiring beauty of the nature. This trek is all about magnificent landscapes, green oasis commonly found in and around and the region and most importantly the Kongmaru La pass, which is a beautiful and scenic place located at an altitude of 5000 meter above the level of the sea.

    The other attractions while Trekking in Ladakh include quaint villages, monasteries and a chance to peep into the remotest of the settlements. The Hemis National Park situated in this region is renowned for its amazing biodiversity.

    Altitude: 3700 m
    Duration: 8 days
    Best Season: June to September
    Difficulty Level: Moderate

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    Trek to Markha Valley

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  • 03Stok Kangri Trek

    Stok Kangri Trek

    The Stok Kangri Climb is the most fantastic trekking Routes in the whole Leh Ladakh valley. This is well suited for the expert professional trekkers. The Stok Kangri trek has got the height of about six thousand and one hundred and thirty meters above the sea level. The climb to the top of the stack Kangri is really very adventurous and also breathtaking.

    The glaciers and the peaks surrounding the Stok Kangri offer a very mesmerizing view. Offering a perfect handout for the group of friends, who want to spend their holidays in an exciting manner. The trekkers also get to enjoy the view of the K2 from the top of the Stok Kangri peak.

    Altitude: 6000 m
    Duration: 11 days
    Best Season: Mid July to Mid September
    Difficulty Level: Difficult

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    Stok Kangri Trek in Leh

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  • 04Snow Leopard Trek 2017, Ladakh

    Snow Leopard Trek 2017, Ladakh
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    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.

    About the 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.

    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.


    Quick facts:

    Area: Ladakh

    Duration: 8 days

    Best season: mid-November to mid-March

    Grade: Tough

    Max. Altitude: 3800 meters

    Trekking distance: 80 kilometers

  • 05Lamayuru to Chilling Trek, Ladakh 2017

    Lamayuru to Chilling Trek, Ladakh 2017
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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

  • 06Kashmir Great Lakes Trek 2017

    Kashmir Great Lakes Trek 2017
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    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.


    About the 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.

    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 and ends at Sankri

    Railway Station: Jammu is the nearest railway station 

    Airport: Srinagar Airport

    Base Camp: Sonmarg

  • 07Lamayuru to Darcha Trek

    This trek is one of the most talked about trek 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.

    This 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 color of a trekking region.

    Altitude: 5000 m
    Duration: 18 Days
    Best Season: July-September
    Difficulty Level: Easy

  • 08Ripchar Valley Trek

    The onset point of this trek is located near the Lamayuru monastery and is considered as one of the most intriguing treks located in the Ladakh region. 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 footfall. 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 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 at this region is truly phenomenal and worth witnessing!!

    Altitude: 4300 m
    Duration: 9 Days
    Best Season: June to September
    Difficulty Level: Easy

  • 09Padum to Darcha Trek

    This is an amazing trek which stretches from the Darcha region located in Himachal Pradesh to the region of Padum which is situated in Zanskar. Trekking in Ladakh provides an unbeatable experience because the trek passes through a number of different regions which carries different topographies. The trail of this trek transverses through Tokpa, Chalang, Ramjak, Lakong etc.

    The trail of this trek ranges from being an easy one to a medium trek and then finally gains the status of a strenuous trekking spot. Apart from gazing at the unparalleled beauty of the mountains and hill tops, the trail of this trek leads to one of the most prestigious location on the indian map, Kargil!!

    Altitude: 5000 m
    Duration: 12 Days
    Best Season: June - September
    Difficulty Level: Easy

  • 10Lamayuru to Alchi trek

    This trek is all about exploring a number of captivating destinations of Leh and Ladakh. A number of enthralling tourist destinations are covered while trekking through this trek; the list includes, Shey, Leh, Hemis, Lamayuru, Thiksey, Base of Tarla, Wanla and Mang Gyu. The tourists are at full liberty to explore the boundless beauty of the snow kissed peaks while trekking.

    The splendour of the various monasteries located in this region act as a major reason for people undertaking this trek. The sparkling feature of this trek is an opportunity to learn about the culture and life of the inhabitants of the remotest of the areas.

    Altitude: 5200 m
    Duration: 5 Days
    Best Season: May- November
    Difficulty Level: Easy

  • 11Lamayuru Stok Kangri

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    One name which is always mentioned in the list of the beautiful and mystic peaks of Ladakh is the Stok Kangri. The climb of this trek is not that difficult and requires no need for the trekker to undergo any sort of special training. The summit of this peak also provides the trekker with a breathtaking view of the peak of Saser which forms the part of the Karakoram range.

    The terrestrial features of this trek and the presence of great splashes of the cultural heritage makes this trek a magnificent trek. This the ideal place for Trekking in Ladakh tour on high altitudes and indulging in sight seeing.

    Altitude: 6150 m
    Duration: 12 Days
    Best Season: Mid June to September
    Difficulty Level: Moderate

  • 12Markha Valley Trek with Stok Kangri Climb

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    To add more spice and challenge to the Markha Valley trek, one is given with the opportunity to add to the route an extra pass which stretches to 4900 meters. The trek is recommended for only those chunks of individuals who have a prior experience in the trekking. This trek is not recommended for novice trekkers who are experiencing the thrill of trekking for the first time.

    This trek being the difficult one receives less number of trekkers. The trek offers a myriad diversity in the landscape. One can avail the opportunity of viewing a breathtaking and scenic beauty of the Markha valley through this trek. The trek is a perfect blend of challenge, thrill and captivating charm of the beauty of the nature.

    Altitude: 4900 m
    Duration: 10 Days
    Best Season: Mid June to mid October.
    Difficulty Level: Moderate

  • 13Jhunglam Hemis to Padum Trek

    The Jhunglm 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 are 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

    The Kang Yatse is 6,200 metres high along with the The Dzo Jongo peaks. Both the peaks are located deep in the Markha valley. The trail traverses through the . In short, one can say that the whole trekking experience of Ladakh is one that you will cherish throughout your life.

    Altitude: 6200 m
    Duration: 13 days
    Best Season: July to September
    Difficulty Level: Difficult


Trekking in Ladakh

Attractions

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Pangong Lake

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Nubra Valley

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

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

Height: 3048 meters above the sea level

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

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

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Khardung La

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

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

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

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

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

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Tso Moriri Lake

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Shanti Stupa

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

History

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

Structure of the stupa

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

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

Timings: 05:00 am to 09:00 pm

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


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Magnetic Hill

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Chadar Trek

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Markha Valley Trek

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

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

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

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

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

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Stok Kongri Trek

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

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

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

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

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

Best Season: June - October

Difficulty Level: Medium

Max. Elevation: 5000 m

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

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