Trekking in Ladakh

Stunning mountain landscapes, remote villages, ancient gompas and ruined forts attract a small but steady stream of visitors to this remote region of the Himalaya. Most visitors enter and exit via Leh the largest city in the region which has daily flights from Delhi. Trekking is best from late June to September when the snow melts and daily temperatures are warm. This rest of the Himalaya experience monsoon rainfalls during these months so if you are planning a trip during this time Ladakh is the best option. Leh lies at 3500m so you should give yourself a few days to acclimatize before you start any trekking. If you are travelling overland to Ladakh it is possible to reach via Bus from either Srinagar or Manali (typically open from May to November). These overland routes through the mountains on bus take you through breathtaking mountain scenery and are worth doing if you have the time.

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Top Treks

This 8 day trek is easily accessible from Leh and takes trekkers over 2 high mountain passes. Homestays are possible in the small villages.A three week journey passing through the remote Zanaskar region. Can be broken into two 10 day stages Lamayuru to Padum and Padum to Darcha. Visits remote canyons and important monasteries.A 9 day journey to the summit of Stok Kangri (6137m). This stunning peak lies in the Stok Range with Markha valley on one side and the Indus valley on the other. The trek passes some of the same route as Markha Valley and may be considered as a more demanding alternative if you are interested in summiting a nontechnical six thousand meter peak.This trek can only be taken in late January or Early February when the Zanskar River freezes and is the only route to get from Kargil to Padum. The walk on the frozen river through dramatic canyons is a once in a lifetime experience.

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Ladakh Facts

Kargil, Leh
Best Time:
June to September, January to Mid-March
Must See:
Nubra Valley, Zanskar Valley
Stok Kangri, Dzo Jongo, Kangyatse

Latest Stories

Any 6000m+ peak needs to be taken seriously and Stok Kangri is no exception. It might be called a trekking peak but the final 1000m to the summit is seriously steep and tough going.

Too many travelers arrive in Leh and then spend the rest of their vacation making long drives to visit all the sites.

Khardung La at a height of 18,380 ft is the world's highest motorable road. The pass traverses the Ladahk Range as it connects the city of Leh and the Indus Valley to the Nubra Valley.