The beauty of Ladakh is inexplicable especially when it comes to experiencing a feel close to nature. Ladakh is a dream destination for many people nowadays.
The adrenaline rush the bikers get amidst the mesmerizing road journey in the valley is beyond words to explain. Its beauty along with various monasteries, lakes, mountains, valleys, passes, and culture possesses a magical feeling.
You can experience the beauty of Ladakh in many ways, biking to the highest point, having a peaceful vacation visiting all the monasteries, enjoying the beautiful scenery and then comes the most exciting experience of a lifetime, Trekking. Trekking in Ladakh would give you an experience that you can never forget. There is no better way to enjoy the beauty of nature than trekking. You get to enjoy and come across some sights which you wouldn’t otherwise.
As Ladakh has enormous and a number of mountains, it isn’t an easy task to decide on the most popular treks of that area and which ones to experience. The below article mentions the list of treks and what each of them has to offer so that you can choose among the treks and decide on the one which suits you the most. It is important to know the best time to visit any trek, best season and other related information. Everything important in trekking is mentioned below along with the difficulty level of the treks.
Difficulty Level of the Treks- Easy
1) Sham Valley trek
This is an easy trek compared to other treks and this trek will let you experience the culture of Ladakh as this trek passes through various local villages of Ladakh and also various Tibetan monasteries like Alchi, Likir, Lamayuru. This trek will let you have a better bond with Ladakh as you get to experience more than just nature. This trek is also famous for a number of Apricot orchards in this region.
Therefore, it is also known as Apricot Valley. The length of this trek is about 30km from and it stretches from Likir to Temisgam. This trek will let you interact with localities of that region and get in touch with their traditions.
Maximum Duration of this Trek – 5 to 7 Days
Best time to visit – May to October
2) Spituk – Stok trek
This trek covers beautiful mountains around along with the famous Indus Valley. This trek is famous for camping at its base. While camping, you can enjoy the view of the Zanskar range.
Maximum Duration of this Trek – 6 Days
Best time to visit – May to October
Difficulty Level of the Treks – Moderate
3) Markha Valley Trek
This is the most fascinating trek in Ladakh covered with Alpines. You can witness parachute camping as well on its route and can experience it as well. The route of this trek passes through the cold desert valley. Kang Yatse peak and Stok kangri peaks are visible from this trek.
Various Buddhist villages are also encountered on the way. This trek not only covers the road but also requires to cross through waist-deep water. This trek requires stamina and a lot of skill. Once accomplished, the scenic views are worth it.
Maximum Duration of this Trek – 11 Days
Best time to visit – June to October
4) Lamayuru to Alchi Trek
This trek is usually preferred by people who wish to undergo a spiritual tour in Ladakh. This trek will take you to two most ancient monasteries that date back to the 11th century. The trekking trail covers all sorts of natural beauty in it, ranging from beautiful valleys of Wanla, high mountain passes like Prinkiti La and a number of river streams.
The trek starts from Lamayuru and ends at Alchi. There are a total of six places to cover in between the source and the destination. This trek gives the opportunity to witness the scenic beauty and contemplate the culture of Ladakh.
Maximum Duration of this Trek – 9 Days
Best time to visit – July to October
5) Snow Leopard Trek
This trek is one of the winter treks of Ladakh. As the name suggests, this trek is popular for the wildlife experience we encounter there. This trek is done in the Hemis National Park. Hemis National Park is a home for Snow Leopards, brown bear, golden eagle and other kinds of birds. There is a high chance of you encountering a snow leopard in this trek.
This trek is extremely popular among people who love nature and wildlife. As you progress upon this trek, you can spot blue sheep at a place called Husingnallah. Going further, you can also encounter the elusive cat and its prey in a place known as Tarbung.
Maximum Duration of this Trek – 13 Days
Best time to visit – January and February
Difficulty Level of the Treks – Difficult
6) Chadar Trek/Frozen River Trek
This is the most thrilling experience of a lifetime. You can get chills down your throat as this trek is all about walking over a frozen river. Yes, you read it right, a frozen river. This trek tops the list of the famous treks of Ladakh. It is situated in the Zanskar valley at about 3850m above sea level. You can meet various local people here who use this route as a common everyday route to commute during winters.
Needless to say, the most dangerous trek is also the most glorious of all. The river freezes during winters when the temperature goes down and people initially used it for normal commute but this trek has attracted a lot of tourists over the years now. It’s a magical experience.
Maximum Duration of this Trek – 13 to 22 Days
Best time to visit – Mid January to Mid March
7) Stok Kangri Trek
This trek involves rock climbing, mountain trekking, trekking through rough snow patches. This is a treat for all the adventure-seeking buffs. This is an extremely tough trek and it is tough to climb up the peak; however with proper guidance, strategy and determination this can become the most splendid experience of trekking in India.
Maximum Duration of this Trek – 10 to 15 Days
Best time to visit – July to September
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