An all-in-one destination, Ladakh is a mesmerising land to visit. From serene lakes to majestic mountains and deep valleys to high passes—Ladakh contains it all. There are many ways to experience the beauty of this place, but for many, nothing can beat the experience of trekking.
Trekking in Ladakh is every adventure enthusiasts dream. Its challenging yet unique topography lures you to embark on a trekking expedition. Trekking here involves beautiful sights as well as treacherous trails. So if you’re ready to put your physical and mental strength on a test, here’re the top 10 treks in Ladakh you should consider going. Take a look.
1) Stok Kangri
Ascend a height of 6153m, and the sight that awaits you at the top seems out of the world. The majestic Karakoram and Zanskar peaks with the sun shining above them, make the trek worth an effort. Note that this trek is not for the amateur trekkers; it is advisable that only seasoned trekkers opt for this. Before beginning the trek, make sure to give yourself ample time to acclimate to the weather at that altitude. The best time to enjoy this adventurous trek is between July and September.
2) Phyang to Hunder (Nubra Valley)
A thrilling trail, this trek takes you through the ancient silk route, historic monasteries and colourful villages of Khalsar, Khardon and Diskit. The Khardung La, located at the height of 18380 feet and the camel ride from Hunder to Diskit is something which shouldn’t be missed while on the trek. June or late September is the ideal time to enjoy this trek.
3) Markha Valley Trek
The exhilarating trek through the Markha Valley is an experience you would cherish for a lifetime. Passing through the Hemis National Park and Markha River, the trek is full of pleasing sights. It is one of the few treks in Ladakh which is dotted with greenery. So even if you feel fatigued while trekking, the landscape around will keep you moving ahead. The ideal time to do this trek is from September to December.
4) Kang Yatse Trek
Close to the Markha Valley is another trekking trail—Kang Yatse trek. Perfect for amateur trekkers, this trek offers some breathtaking views at Nimaling pasture. The trek route is rich with wildlife, and you can easily spot animals like blue sheep and marmot on the route. The best time to go on this trek is from July to September.
5) Chadar Trek
Also known as the ‘Frozen River Trek’, Chadar Trek is one of the most popular treks among the adrenaline junkies. Meant to be tried only by the seasoned trekkers, this trek is a test of fitness, focus and endurance. It gets its names from the Zanskar River that freezes in winters. To enjoy this winter spectacle, the ideal time to trek here is from mid-January to mid-February.
6) Ripchar Valley Trek
Dotted with amazing landscapes, this trek begins at the Lamayuru Monastery with the Zanskar and Ladakh ranges at the backdrop. The trek takes you through various high passes, nomadic settlements, ancient monasteries and lush pastures, and finally ends at Chilling Village. The ideal time for this trek is from July to September.
7) Lamayuru to Alchi Trek
Passing through amazing valleys of Wanla and Sumdochoon, this trek gives you a glimpse of Ladakh’s spiritual side. The trek begins at Lamayuru Monastery, which is the oldest in Ladakh and ends at Alchi Monastery, which is known for early Buddhist art. Mid-June to mid-October is the best time to embark on this trek.
8) Hemis To Padum (Jhunglam) Trek
One of the most beautiful trekking trails of Ladakh, this trek goes via the beautiful Hemis Monastery. Famous for its Buddhist mask dances, the monastery offers a glimpse of Ladakh’s rich culture. The boulder-strewn pastures make the climb challenging, which is not advisable for the faint-hearted. Passing through Zalung Karpo La, Tilat Sumdo, Charchar La and Zangla Sumdo, the trek finally ends at Padum. The ideal time to trek here is from mid-August to September.
9) Rumtse to Kibber Trek
This is another challenging yet beautiful trek of Ladakh. Starting from Rumtse, this trek takes you to Changthang where you can peek inside the lifestyle of Changpa nomads. Apart from the spectacular view of the snow-capped mountains, the trek offers sights of Tso Kar and Tso Moriri Lakes. The trek ends at the Kibber Village. June to October is the best time to do this trek.
10) Lamayuru (Sham Valley) Trek
Winding through ancient monasteries and traditional villages, this trek doubles as a pilgrimage visit. Various monasteries such as Thiksey, Spituk, Alchi, Hemis, Likir and Lamayuru lie on the trek route. With the maximum height of 4500m, this trek is not too tiring. The best months to trek are from June to October.
Now, while you’ve all the information about the top treks in Ladakh, awaken the adventure soul in you and leave for Ladakh. In the end, the sense of victory you will feel after completing a trek would matter all.
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