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Best Treks To Do In Ladakh

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Overview

There is something special about treks in Ladakh.  First of all, there are more than 10 trekking expeditions just in Ladakh alone. Situated in the lap of the high Ladakh range mountains, every trip on foot feels like a trek. Treks in Ladakh are highly coveted because it offers serene mountains, spellbinding valley views, river confluences, and its unique flora and fauna among many other reasons. If you find yourself in Ladakh you will have a massive urge to trek in nature’s arms.

Some of the best treks that you can partake in Ladakh are described below. They are not in any order. All are equally great. So, you can give a shot to any one of them depending upon your experience.

Markha Valley Trek

Altitude: 5,212mts or 17,100ft

Distance: 65km

Trek Difficulty: Medium-Difficult

The Markha Valley Treks is touted as the most popular trek in Ladakh. The region near river Markha is known as Markha valley.  It is located in the Hemis National Park area of Ladakh. It takes around 8-10 days to cover this trek. There are two routes to reach Markha valley- one longer route starts from Spituk and the other, shorter route from Chilling. The former includes two passes en route: Gand La and Kongmaru La.

This trek offers some of the best views including that of the Indus Valley.

Chadar Trek

Altitude: 3,500mts or 11,480ft 

Distance: 105km

Trek Difficulty: Difficult

Chadar trek is quickly becoming the most coveted trek these days. The beautiful Zanskar river becomes completely frozen in the -30 Celsius temperatures. So frozen that you can even walk on it. Albeit, walking on a thin layer of ice sheet is difficult but it is even more exciting to do and that is why many people come flocking to Ladakh only to do this trek.

This trek takes around 7-8 days. You have to drive 64km from Leh to the starting point of Chilling. From Chilling you have to go to campsite Tilat Sumdo from where you can already see the thick icy sheets of the river Zanskar. A difficult but awesome trek on the frozen river for 6 long hours will take you to Shingra Koma. After resting there you will pass Tibb where many habitable caves can be found. You can actually take shelter in these caves when the climate is against you. After Tibb, you will be in Nerak where frozen waterfalls await you. These are very splendid waterfalls. From Nerak village you can head back home.

Stok Kangri Trek

Altitude: 6,153mts or 20,187ft

Distance: 40km

Trek Difficulty: Difficult

The Stok Kangri Trek is a summit trek. As it is the highest trekkable peak in all of India it can be said that it’s not for beginners. However, it prepares even trekkers for mountaineering. It is not so technical but requires a fair amount of expertise. It takes a toll on body and mind alike to conquer but the reward is fulfilling. The day of summiting is the hardest. The temperatures hit sub-zero on this day but when you reach the peak all fears melt away as you come face-to-face with the gigantic Karakoram and Zanskar mountain ranges.

This expedition takes 6-7 days. The starting point is Leh from where you begin your acclimatization. Then heading towards Chang Ma, Mankorma which is at 14,200ft, and then to base camp at 16,300ft. You will acclimatize and train for summit day here. The next day you can actually conquer the peak, get back to base and further on your return journey.

Nubra Valley Trek (Phyang to Hunder)

Altitude: 5,438mts or 17,841ft

Trek Difficulty: Difficult

Distance: 60km

The trek connecting Indus valley to Nubra valley from Phyang to Hunder is another interesting trek because it is part of the ancient Silk Road which connected nations across Central Asia to the Middle East and even Europe. You can experience the heritage of this trek and be in awe of the crystal clear waters and skies. The panoramic Karakoram range can be witnessed from the Lasermo La pass which is the highest point in this trek. 

It takes about 5 days for the trek to complete. You can sightsee once the trek is over. The Bactrian camel ride in Hunder is a very delightful experience. 

Snow Leopard Trek

Altitude: 3,965mts or 13,000ft

Trek Difficulty: Easy to Medium

Distance: 80km

As the name suggests, the purpose of this trek is to spot the Snow Leopard. This trek is conducted in the Hemis National Park of Ladakh and is usually done in the months of November to March. The temperatures drop to -30 Celsius. Locals call these mammals Shan. To spot the Shan in the snow is an extremely difficult task and that is what makes this trek so absorbing.

Apart from spotting the Snow Leopard this trek also covers Phey, Zingchen, Rumbak valley, and other local sites.

Remember all treks barring the Chadar and Snow Leopard treks are suitable for non-winter months from April to October, especially for beginners. So, when are you planning to visit Ladakh for your ultimate trekking expedition?

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Oliver James is a content marketing professional with a passion for writing, reading and exploring new places. He is one of the best bloggers in Uk and also loved by his clients for his content marketing services in the UK. He has worked as a digital marketing manager for almost ten years. You may Also Like: > cheap holidays > Residential Estimating Services

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