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Trekking in Ladakh encircles famous Chadar Trek (Frozen River), Stok Kangri Trek, Markha Valley Trek, Kashmir Great Lakes, Lamayuru to Chilling Trek and many more that can be explored with your enthusiasm and energy. These treks have worked well for all those who seek various terrains, change in landscape and ultimate peace after hard-work. 

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Treks like Chadar takes one to a different zone of walking on frozen river whereas Markha makes you explore barren scape and beautiful deep valleys. At the same time, Great lake trek calls all the nature lovers here while showing them exotic flowers, snow-clad peaks, and grassy lands whereas Padum to Darcha trek will make anyone witness rope bridges,  quaint villages, iconic monasteries etc at its right hand.

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Some of the best trekking routes in Ladakh also includes Snow leopard trek that passes through Rumbak gorge, Lamayuru to Alchi which gives you cross rivers and Jhunglam Hemis which is famous for its wilderness and allows one to witness remotest villages of the country. An adventure seeker and a nature lover will surely fall in love with a gift of nature when they are here. 

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

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Chadar: 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 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

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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


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Stok 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 colorful 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 Day

Best Season: Mid July to Mid September

Difficulty Level: Difficult

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

Altitude:
17,060 ft.

Duration:
9 Days

Best Season:
June to September

Difficulty level:
Moderate

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Lamayuru to Chilling Trek, Ladakh 2020
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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

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Lamayuru to Darcha Trek

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Lamayuru 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 is one of the best treks when it to Ladakh trekking, it 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

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Ripchar Valley Trek

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Ripchar Valley Trek

The onset point of this trek is located near the Lamayuru monastery and is considered as one of the most intriguing snow 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

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Padum to Darcha Trek

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Padum 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

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Lamayuru to Alchi Trek

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Lamayuru 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 of Leh and Ladakh. It passes through remote villages and monasteries which gives you an opportunity to visit and 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

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Lamayuru Stok Kangri

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Lamayuru Stok Kangri
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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.

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Markha Valley Trek with Stok Kangri Climb

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Markha Valley Trek with Stok Kangri Climb
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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.

This is one of the strenuous high altitude treks to do in Ladakh, 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

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Jhunglam Hemis to Padum Trek

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Jhunglam 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

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Kang Yatse and Dzo Jongo

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Kang 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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