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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.

    Unbeatable Offer: Kheerganga Trek And Camping In Kasol (Flat 20% Off)

    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:

  • 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 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. Here is the list of the best Ladakh packages to kick off the adventure.

    Chadar Trek 2020, Ladakh - Frozen River Trek Book @ ₹20,500

    Chadar Trek 2020, Ladakh - Frozen River Trek Book @ ₹20,500

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  • 03Snow Leopard Trek 2019, Ladakh

    Snow Leopard Trek 2019, 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


  • 04Stok 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

    Suggested Read: Travel Guide for Leh Ladakh Road Trip

    Stok Kangri Trek 2019, Ladakh

    Stok Kangri Trek 2019, Ladakh

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  • 05Markha 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

    Planning a trip to Ladakh? Here is our list of best attractions of Ladakh that you can't afford to miss out of your itinerary. 


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  • 06Lamayuru to Chilling Trek, Ladakh 2019

    Lamayuru to Chilling Trek, Ladakh 2019
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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

  • 07Lamayuru 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

  • 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 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

    Also Read: Bike Trip to Ladakh

  • 09Padum 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

    Recommended Read: Srinagar to Leh Road Trip Guide

  • 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 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

  • 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.

    Popular Read: Best Places To Visit And Things To Do in Leh

  • 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

    Also Read: Manali to Leh Ladakh Highway Road Guide 2019

  • 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

    Suggested Read: 20 Best Hotels in Leh

  • 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

    Suggested Read: 10 Beautiful Lakes in Ladakh


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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 favourite 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 sea level.

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

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

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Nubra Valley

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

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

Height: 3048 meters above the sea level

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

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

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

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Khardung La

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

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

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

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

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

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Tso Moriri Lake

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Shanti Stupa

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

History

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

Structure of the stupa

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

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

Timings: 05:00 am to 09:00 pm

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


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Magnetic Hill

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Lamayuru Monastery

The high elevation where Lamayuru Monastery is located at amuses every traveler comes here. Existing on Leh-Srinagar Highway, around 15 kms east of the Fotu La, the monastery is perched on a height of 3510 meters. The murals, frescoes and the images of Buddha have created an interesting setting inside this famous Buddhist temple.

History

Lamayuru Monastery was originally the monastery belonged to Bon and the name means Swastika which symbolized eternity. The history says that an Indian scholar named Naropa caused a lake to dry up and there founded Lamayuru Monastery. Seng ge Sgang is the oldest building surviving which is dedicated to the builder-monk, Rinchen Zangpo.

The structure of the monastery

There were actually five buildings in the beginning and still one can find the remaining of the four buildings located in the corner. In the past there, were up to 400 monks and currently there are 100 monks residing in the monastery. There is a small temple can be seen which is dedicated to Avalokiteshwara.

Location: The monastery is located at a distance of 127 km from Leh in the Lamayuru region. You can reach the monastery via road by bus or jeep.

Timings: It is open on all days from 06:00 am to 06:00 pm.

Entry fee: INR 30 per person

Highlights: There will be two annual Mask Dance festivals happen which is the most suitable time to visit the monastery.

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Alchi Monastery

After the endless mountain peaks, green valleys, high passes, monasteries in Ladakh are the prime factors behind the huge number of visitors to the paradise every year. Alchi Monastery, a group of Buddhist shrines is now a remarkable landmark and a must visit tourist attraction in Leh. The rugged valleys, uneven mountain terrains etc are creating a flamboyant view from the monastery and make the travelers feel elevated. Alchi is a part of the three villages that together constitute to the Alchi Group of Monuments.

History

Alchi Monastery and its current guardians are grateful the great translator Rinchen Zangpo who was the reason behind the construction of the monastery. He built it in the AD 1000 and there were 32 wood carvers and sculptors from Kashmir to help him. But when the Gelug sect decided to shift the activities to Likir Monastery permanently, it turned to be the administrative shrine of the Alchi Gompa, officially.

Structure of the monastery

Alchi Monastic Complex has three principal shrines named the Dukhang or Assembly Hall, the Sumtseng and the temple of Manjushri. Chortens have a special space inside the complex. The wall paintings seen inside are dating back to the spiritual and artistic nuances found in Buddhism and Hindu Kingdoms. Like we seen in other monasteries, here also, you will find the huge statues of Buddha and several wood carvings and art works appearing in Baroque style.

Location: The monastery is located in Alchi Village in the Leh District, 70 km from Leh.

Timing: May to September on all days: from 10:00 am to 01:00 pm and from 02:00 pm to 06:00 pm.

Entry Fee: For Indians: INR 25, For Foreigners: INR 50

Highlights: The views from the monastery have attracted a lot of film production sets. Good photographic location as well.

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Royal Leh Palace

A nine storey high building displays the influence of Potala Palace in Lhasa is the famed Royal Leh Palace that stands with its head high on a cliff top overlooking the ravishing Leh town. Leh Palace is a must visit during anyone’s tour of Ladakh region as it has been standing there as a symbol of the old glorious days of the royal family lived here. The top floors accommodated the members of the regal community and the low floors were occupied by stables and stores.

History

In the 17th century, King Sengge Namgyal led the construction of Leh Palace and it gained fame in a short span of time. Later, it was termed as an architectural icon and the symbol of pride and glory of Leh. The history says that during the time when Dogra forces took control of Ladakh, Leh Palace was abandoned and the members of the family were asked to move to Stok Palace. The Archeological Survey of India has restored the valuable ruins of the palace and opened to the public as a remarkable tourist attraction.

Structure of the palace

There is a monastery behind the palace which is a part of the palace and there you will find the statue of a seating Buddha in there in the monastery behind the palace. On the walls of the palace, you will see the old pictures and paintings including Tibetan thangka.

Timings: The palace is open to the public on all days from 07:00 am to 04:00 pm

Entry fee: For Indians: INR 20 and for Foreigners: INR 100

Location: Leh Palace is closely located to the town. Visitors can reach the palace by walking from Leh town as it is about 5 kms away from there.

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Zanskar valley

The Zanskar Range is the mountain range in Jammu and Kashmir that acts as the separating line between Ladakh and Zanskar. The Zanskar Range is a part of the Tethys Himalayas, formed with weakly transformed sedimentary series. The average height of the Zanskar Range is 6000 meters. It is an inevitable spot for adventure lovers during their adrenaline rushing trekking trips to the Trans Himalayas every year.

On the way to Zanskar Valley, one will come across the incredible Suru Valley which puts forth a decent trekking experience to adventure lovers. Zanskar is alluring always with its brightly shining mountain peaks and the presumably attracting villages, sometimes, it looks overshadowing the relishing Changthang Region as well. Tourism has caused a great enhancements on the economic side of the region like education flourished and the lifestyle of the people has changed but it took its toll on the fragile mountain environment.

Nevertheless, Zanskar is the favorite tourist destination still because of the vast area that is made beautiful by multiple hues, the distinct flora and fauna and the extremely variant climatic conditions. There are two main branches of the Zanskar River; one is Doda which has source near Pensi-La and flows south eastwards to reach Padum and the second one is formed by two tributaries called Kargyag River and it has source near Shingo La.

Height: The valley is situated at an average height of 6000 meters above the sea level.

Location: It is located at a distance of about 464 kms from Leh and would take around 10 to 11 hours to reach. Buses are available from Leh to reach the valley.

Best time to visit: The months of June, July, August and September are suitable to visit the Zanskar Range as the other months will cause heavy snowfall and the roads will be blocked.

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Hemis National Park

Around 4400 sq.km is the area the prime attraction of Ladakh spreads into. We are talking about the renowned Hemis National Park named after the popular monastery in the region that is Hemis Monastery. The very rare species of wildlife is the reason behind its global recognition. Bharal and snow leopards are examples for the unseen animal collection found in Hemis National Park. The park is located on the west bank of the Indus River. 

The animals, the flora, the birds and the nature in the park and its vicinity are coming under the highly protected areas and this is the only place in India where the protected snow leopards are seen in abundance. The Rumbak and Markha catchments were found to be protected with the discovery of the park in 1981 and it grew into 4400 sq.km in 1990 and becomes the largest national park in South Asia. Argali or the Great Tibetan Sheep, Shapu etc are the supporters of the prey base for the predators in Hemis. Asiatic Ibex, the Tibetan Wolf, the Eurasian brown bear and red fox are some of the endangered species found before and some are still present in the park. The crucial problem faced by the park is the regular animal-human conflicts because over 1600 people are living inside the park boundaries, mainly pastoralists living with poultry farming, goats and sheep.

Height: The elevation at which the park exists is 3000-6000 meters above the sea level.

Location: The park is located about 5 kms from Leh and Leh Airport is the closest airport to the park.

Best time to visit: To reach the park there are a number of trekking routes opened from Mid-June to Mid-October. But the best season to spot snow leopards is of course, in late winter.


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Spituk Monastery

Spituk Monastery in Ladakh has another name that is Pethup Gompa, very famous among the locals. It is located at a distance of 8 km from Leh and there are 100 monks inside the gompa. The major attraction at the monastery is the giant statue of Goddess Kali. The Buddhist monastery is at a site which was blessed earlier by Arhat Nyimagung.

History     

Spituk Monastery was founded by Od-de. He was the elder brother of Lha Lama Changchub Od. When he came to Maryul, he built the monastery and introduced the monastic community. But Lotsewa Rinchen Zangpo on his arrival said that an exemplary religious sect should be there and thus the name of the monastery was changed to Spituk which meant exemplary.

Structure of the monastery

There are three chapels in the gompa with numerous statues of Buddha and several thankas as well. The Dukhang Hall is the highlight and the two rows of seats running to a throne at the end are also something unique found here. Visitors will come across the beautiful sculptors and chortens.

Location: The monastery is perched on a thrilling hill top near Indus and about 8 kms away from Leh on Srinagar road. It is at an elevation of 3307 meters.

Timings: It is open on all days from 08:00 am to 01:00 pm.

Entry fee: INR 20 per person

Highlights: Gustor Festival held from the 27th to 29th day in the eleventh month of the Tibetan Calendar and it is for two days with mask dance and prayers. Usually, the festival falls on winter time which guarantees the presence of natives in large but the number of tourists would be comparatively lesser.


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Visit to the Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame is a proud displayer of Indian Army simultaneously acts as the symbol of those dark days of India’s war against Pakistan. The museum that showcases seized arms and weapons of Pakistan army is located in Ladakh, the paradise of adventure lovers lying in the beautiful Himalayas. Moreover, the museum is considered to be a tribute to the brave soldiers who lost their lives during the war. To make it more appealing, the Indian Army has kept the photos and the things of those soldiers inside the museum. Also, the arranged items related to the history and culture of Ladakh, wildlife and vegetation have importance and amuses the visitors definitely. 

There are things which enhance every Indian’s patriotic feelings as well as they let us appreciate the bravery shown by every Indian soldier during the wars, from the heart. Different quotes, letters written by the soldiers, the tools, aircrafts, weapons, tents and what all the soldiers have used during the period are preserved which give every visitor a minute to think and pay tribute to those brave hearts who lost their lives to help every one of us sleep in peace. Located next to Leh Airfield, the museum is opened on all days. Every day, visitors will be able to watch a detailed documentary on Operation Vijai or Kargil War screened.

Entry fee:  For Indians: INR 10, for Foreigners: INR 50

Timings: 09:00 am to 01:00 pm and 03:00 pm to 07:00 pm

Highlight: Evening parade or march is a major event happening here

Location: 4 kms from the main town, on the way to Magnetic hill via Leh Srinagar Highway.

Tips: Camera and video are allowed inside but at an additional cost.


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Rohtang Pass

Rohtang Pass is quite famous among Ladakh travelers but the unpredictable avalanche and severe climatic conditions make it scary some times. Nonetheless, it had made adventure seekers’ tour of Ladakh mind-blowing. A high mountain pass at an elevation of 3978 meters above the sea level, Rohtang is just 51 km from Manali. It is a part of the proud Pir Panjal Range of the mighty Himalayas.

It acts as the connecting link between Kullu Valley and Lahaul and Spiti Valley. Being an ancient trade route, it was well maintained by the natives. The generic name of the pass suggests that either the pass was the oldest and the most used pass. With the increase of visitors every year, the fragile mountain ecology will be in threat, environmentalists worry.

But the exciting beauty of the mountain terrains seen from the top of the pass is indescribable and flamboyant. The Indian Government started building a tunnel which is 8.5 km long to bypass Rohtang pass in order to reduce the travel time and distance to Keylong, Lahaul and Spiti and Leh.

The tunnel promises to reduce the distance by 50 km and the time by five hours between the south and north faces of Rohtang pass. Currently, the time taken to ascend and descend the pass itself is 5-6 hours.

Height:
 Rohtang Pass is located at an altitude of 3978 meters above the sea level in the Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas.

Location:
 The pass is located about 51 kms away from Manali and you can reach the pass if you take Leh- Manali Highway.

Best time to visit: 
The pass will be open from the months of May to October as the snow starts melting and the paths will be cleared.

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Lachulung La

Apart from Khardung La or Baralacha La, Ladakh has numerous other passes at great heights which stand as Ladakh’s pride for centuries now. The glitters of other passes may be diminished by Khardung La mainly but all the other passes are equally important. Lachulung La is a single example.

The elevation of this pass is 5059 meters above sea level which is considered to be a dangerously exciting height for any pass after Khardung La. Lachulung La is on the border of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. Also, it separates the valleys of Tsarap Chu and Tozay. If you take Leh-Manali highway, you will be able to cross this pass that has other names such as Lachalung La, Lungalacha La etc. 

A fact that to be remembered before you head to visit this pass is, it is open only for four and a half months during summer. Any traveler should be prepared not to fall sick during the conquering of Lachulung La because its geographic status, the height, the rugged pathways and the remote villages it goes through may cause dramatic influence on your body. Being one of the most adventurous passes in Ladakh, Lachulung is a favorite stop avid adventure lovers.

Also, the surroundings are quite fictional as the towering Himalayan passes and the nature lying in correspondence to them are creating soothing visuals. Trekkers should be very careful while climbing the altitude up as altitude sickness is assured at the top and keep hydrated to maintain your body conditions with respect to the climate. But the descent is smooth and easy so that you will feel overjoyed till the end.

Height:
5059 meters

Best time to visit:
May to October

How to reach:
Take Leh-Manali highway, from Sarchu 54 KM and from Pang, 24 Km

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Tanglang La

Tanglang La is a high mountain pass, the glorious pride of Ladakh, the favourite tourist spot for bikers and trekkers. 5328 meters above the sea level is the dream like height of this pass which happily poses some threatening adventure to those who try to climb up the top. The road leading to the pass on Leh-Manali highway, from Upshi to Tanglang La is completely paved. A 500 meter long section of the road is the only part which is unpaved. Tanglang La is also beautifully paved to the make the climb easier. 

There are a lot of confusions existing regarding the position of Tanglang La in the list of world’s highest motorable passes and the world believes it to be the second highest which is proven to be wrong. The local sign on the top of the pass shows the altitude of the pass is 17582 feet or 5359 meters. But now, it is said that the sign board gives a wrong impression but the original height of the pass is 5328 meters. The pass is made beautiful by the innumerous Buddhist prayer flags despite the fact the road is tough to conquer and any type of traveler will fall for the scenery at the pass and adventure lovers would love to try their energy level by climbing up to the top. But remember, the oxygen level will be decreased as you cover the altitude and reaches to the half of what you feel at sea level.

Height: 5328 meters of 1248 feet

Best time to visit: May to October

How to reach: The pass is close to Leh-Manali highway and can be reached via 21 Gata loops

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