Ladakh the land of high passes, snow clad mountains, azure blue lakes is among the world’s highest inhabited plateaus. Trekking in Ladakh offers a vast diversity with its unique landscape and exquisite culture, from the green oasis of the hidden Valleys and Plateaus with abundance of wildlife, nomads, wetlands, pastureland, fresh water springs, streams, and the famous lakes such as Tsomoriri, Tsokar & The Pangong. Culturally you will come across the remote villages and ancient monasteries of Ladakh and Zanskar, which are ideal ground for pilgrimage journeys, and these are the age-old pillars of Tibetan Buddhism.
You may choose among five exciting different places to trekking Ladakh:
Stok Kangri Trek
Stok Kangri is the second highest peak of the world at an altitude of 6153 meters. Trekking this peak requires advanced mountaineering equipment and permission. However, respiratory problem at such an altitude may arise. So most of the visitors prefer trek up to Stok Kangri Base Camp.
Leh offers spots for Initial trek with varying destinations of scenic beauty and monasteries at Alchi and Khardung covering at altitude of 3,350 meters. Nex phase of trek involves visits to Thiksey Monastery and gorge at Sumdo 18 km away from Leh covering an altitutde of 3,800 meters. From Sumdo, the next destination is Shang Phu Valley at an altitude of 4,365 meters. Third phase of trek takes you to Shang La at an altitude of 4,960 meters.
New destination through trekking is Matho La at an altitude of 4,965 meters. From here, we move on to Stok Kangri Base Camp at an altitude of 4,980 meters after 4 to 5 hours of trekking. Stok Kangri base camp is a glassy area along the stream of melt water from Siachen Glacier in the East. There is an advance base camp at 5,400 meters from the sea level which is not allowed to be visited.
Lamayuru to Alchi Trek
The trekking tour between Lamayuru and Alchi is designed for those who wish to explore the natural beauty surrounding the famous Buddhist monasteries combined with the easy short trek. The legendary Lamayuru Monastery lies in a valley in the lower Ladakh amist the natural panorma. It is said that Lamayuru was a lake.
A monk, fascinated by the scenic beauty around, blessed the Lake and the water body moved up the hills vacating the spot where LamayuruMonastery was built. Built in tenth century, this is one of the oldest Buddhist. Monastry. On the Banks of River Indus, Alchi village locates Alchi Gompa three-storeyed monastery built in eleventh century.
The best trekking route from Lamayuru to Alchi is through Wanla covering La Wanla, Wanla Hunju, La Sumdha Chenmo, Samudha Chun and Stakspi. There are alternate routes too via Wanla.
Padum to Darcha Trek
Padum to Darcha is a long distance trekking tour of moderate toughness. Padum lies in Ladakh and Darchaa lies in Himanchal Pradesh. Padum-Darchaa trek covers road- drives interspersed with stays at different destinations for trekking.
By Leh-Kargil road, we drive right from the Leh to Padam via Kargil and Ramgdom on a hillock overlooking a wide marshy plain. We drive towards Kargil through Suru Vlley, an underrated part of Ladakh. From Kargil, we drive up to the base of the Penzi-la pass to enter Zanksar, a beautiful valley of Ladakh. Zanskar opened to motor traffic only in 1980 when a road was built.
Besides the journey by road, the tour involves 9 to 10 days of trekking. The trekking route covers various destinations like Padum, Mune, Pipula, Kalbok, Puktal, Pueney, Kargyak, Pankeya, Zanskar, Sumdo, Palom and Darchaa.
Markha Valley Trek
Markha Valley is the central valley of Ladakh. This valley is formed by the Markha River. Markha Valley Trek proceed along Markha River through one of one of the world’s highest inhabited plateaus region called little Tibet in Ladakh. From this region, one can have a clear view of the Great Himalayan, Ladakh and Zanskar ranges. Markha Valley Trek covers crossing of three passes of Stok, Stok La and Kongmaru at high altitudes. This Trekking Tour also covers camping at the base of Kng Yutze peak of Nimaling.
On this Trekking trail, scenic splendor of the landscape is abundant. Trekkers pass through the willow groves, patches of wild roses and pastel canyons decorated with multi-hued prayer flags furling with winds. En-route, you will find nomadic families inhabiting the region and their herds of yaks. There is also a small monastery to visit where butter lamps are lit.
Indus Valley Trek
The Indus Valley is strategically located part of India which borders with territories of Pakistan, Afghanistan and China.
This is the largest valley of Ladakh. It is formed by the Indus River of Ladakh which flows towards Pakistan. Indus Valley covers the regions of Leh (Capital City of Ladakh), the Skardu and the vast area covered by glaciers beyond extending into Chinese territory. This valley consists of large stretches of undulating lands and passes through the high mountains.
Indus Valley trekking trail passed through a vast uninhabited land. The region has many least explored places of Ladakh. This valley once hosted the ancient Indus Valley City-States Civilization like Mesopotamia and Rome. The ancient silk route for trade with China also lies on the Valley’s trekking trail. On the old trade route through the hills between Likkir and Temisgong, three famous Buddhist Monasteries are located. Visiting these monasteries at Likir,,Rizong and Tamisgang en-route trekking will be added an advantage.