The best treks to take in Ladakh include options for all fitness levels and experience, and there are many trekking companies in Leh that offer them if you don’t want to go it alone. These companies provide tents, ponies, guides, and meals. Alternatively, it’s often possible to stay in simple village home-stay accommodations, with meals given.
Nubra Valley Popular Trek
Nubra Valley one-time gateway to the ancient Silk Route—earns its accolades as Ladakh’s prettiest region. Traverse meadows and shrines on a week-long climb from Hunder to the high pass of Lasermo La, avoiding the throngs of day-trippers. At 5,400 m. (17,716 ft.), you’ll have unobstructed views of the Karakoram mountain range, home to K2, the world’s second-highest peak.
Markha Valley Popular Trek
Markha Valley trek are ubiquitous in Leh’s Main Bazaar. Don’t be fooled into thinking this trek is for everyone though. It’s not an easy trek! It entails crossing two or three high altitude mountain passes (16,000-17,000 feet above sea level), as well as spending several nights at very high altitudes. Undoubtedly, the appeal of this trek is that it provides an outstanding combination Ladakh culture and lifestyle, and stark landscapes with canyons and rock formations. The Markha Valley is situated between the Zanskar and Stok and ranges, south of Leh. The starting point of the trek, at Spituk , is conveniently located less than 30 minutes from Leh.
Rupshu Valley Popular Trek
The trek offers wonderful opportunity to venture into the wilderness that envelops the valley and get close with the nomadic lifestyle of Changpas. Meant for adventure aficionados, Rupshu Valley Trek brings you in direct contact with the harshness and roughness of high-altitude deserted cold where yaks and sheep are the only sources of subsistence. Spread over 8851 sq km of area, Rupshu Valley is adorned by most of the lofty peaks of Zanskar and Ladakh ranges along with many crystal clear lakes including the iconic Pangong Lake and Tsomoriri. During this trek, you will come across few notable passes of India like Rohtang Pass and Baralacha La.
Padum to Darcha
The path from Padum, former capital of the Zanskar kingdom, follows along jagged peaks, grazing yaks, and mountain streams. With overnight stops in village homestays, you’ll get a chance to sample some homemade delicacies like thukpa (Tibetan noodle soup) or skyu (Ladakhi dumplings). You’ll end up in Lahaul Valley, an off-the-beaten-track Himachali hideaway filled with snow-dusted meadows and friendly locals.
Kang Yatse Popular Trek
Kang Yatse is one of the most stunning peaks in Ladakh and at 20,000 feet it’s an adventurous and demanding trek taking 12-13 days to complete. It is essentially an extension of the Markha Valley trek up to Niamling, from where you will proceed to the base camp on Kang Yatse. On the next day you will proceed to Kang Yatse’s High Camp. Though the distance between the two campsites is less, it’s mostly an uphill route that is quite difficult. The next day, you will begin very early at around 2 am to start your ascent to the summit of Kang Yatse. From the pinnacle you can get a bird’s eye view of Tibet and the Zanskar River.