If you are on a tour to Ladakh, you can’t miss trekking on some of the most alluring treks. In this article, we have made a list of some of the treks in Ladakh you must discover. Ladakh’s natural features consist of high plains and deep valleys. Greenish blue-colored lakes reflect the snow-dusted peaks. Monasteries, towers, sun ranged hills side all fulfill Ladakh. Although people usually book Ladakh tour packages or plan a Ladakh bike trip, it is best explored on foot. Here are some of the most marvelous treks in Ladakh-
Markha Valley Trek
The best time to visit the Markha Valley is from the end of October to the beginning of April. The duration of this trip is 6 to 8 days. The Markha Valley is aligned with the Indus Valley. You will first travel from Leh to Chilling and begin your trek from Chilling. During this trek, you’ll see the breathtaking mountain scenario, the mesmerizing confluence of the Indus River and the Zanskar River, the vibrant flora and fauna, and small isolated villages. You will have the opportunity to homestay in these villages and discover the way of life of the local people. You can carry your tent, however since it will be cold, you need to be prepared. The altitude will keep increasing as you will travel. It is a very peaceful place.
Sham valley trek
If you are a beginner, then this trek is for you. The Sham Valley trek is also called the baby trek due to its easy nature. It can be done throughout the year. The Sham Valley trek presents some scenic views to the trekkers. You will be traveling through the Ladakh villages and will be visiting monasteries, one of them is a Buddhist Monastery which has the golden statue of Lord Buddha. This trek will help you explore the history of Ladakh.
This is a unique yet one of the most difficult treks. Due to heavy rainfall Zanskar remains cut off from the rest of the country and thus the Chadar route acts as a lifeline. This begins from the village of Chilling and you need to take a medical test before proceeding with the trek. Walking on the frozen Zanskar River that stretches across 105 Km, keeping in mind the temperatures from minus 25 to minus 35 degrees, tests the limit of the trekkers. While traveling, you will be visiting a lot of caves and monasteries. You will mostly be camping. Not every trekker canpass through the gorges and frozen waterfalls like the one in Nerak, and that follows a trail of ice that turns into the mirror for the sky. The best time to trek onthe Zanskar River is from January and February and the duration of the trip is 9 days. It will be a spine-tingling experience as youtreat yours eyes with to ravishing beauty of the valley.
Lamayuru To Alchi Trek
Lamayuru is home to the famous Lamayuru monastery. The western part of Ladakh is not only famous for its century’s old monasteries but also for the Lamayuru to Alchi trek. The best time to trek is from mid- June to mid- October and the trip is for 5 days. The trek begins after visiting the Lamayuru Gompa. This trek is dotted with two passes, Kongske Laand Stakspi La which will push your limit to the maximum. However, you will be dazzled by some dramatic mountain sceneries. You can spend the night home-staying in remote villages. If you want to explore the culture, you can visit the monasteries. You will be a wanderer in the magnificent desert.
Nubra Valley Trek
Also known as Lduma or the valley of flowers, it is a beautiful place that will revitalize your body. The trek is done within 5 days and the best time to visit is from mid-July till the end of September. The trek from Phyang to Hunder ties up the Indus Valley to the Nubra Valley. It follows an ancient trade route that waspart of the old Silk Road. The highest point on the beaten path trek is the Lasermo La pass which is covered in ice and snow even in summer. You will also travel past the wonderful panorama of the Karakoram range. The trek is done within 5 days. The Best time is mid-July and the end of September. You will be left spell-bound after completing this trek.
Spituk to stok trek
This is for those who are short on time but want to go trekking as this trek is only for 3 days. The best time to visit is from the beginning of June to the end of October. You can make an auspicious start by stopping at the Spituk Monastery, an 11th-century monastery belonging to the Gelugpa sect. After crossing the Indus River, you will reach Zingchen, from where a two-hour-long hike will take you to Rumbak. It is a nice village with white-washed houses surrounded by Barley and Mustard fields. You can homestay in this village. You will ascend from Rumbak to Stok La passfrom where you will get an amazing view of colorful, snow-clad mountains. You will have to wind your way through the village of Stok and this will leave you with some everlasting memories.
Padum To Darcha Trek
This is a trek to Leh from Himachal Pradesh. You will be starting your trek from Padum and your final destination will be Leh. It is a 9 to 10 days long trek. You will be walking through villages exploring rivers, waterfalls, monasteries, and even see yaks greasing. It is a beautiful and easy trek.
Tso Moriri To Spiti Valley Trek
The Moriri lake is located at a high altitude in Ladakh. You will be speechless after capturing the serene atmosphere and the ambiance filled with tranquillity. It is home to a large species of flora and fauna. You will be passing through mountains, remote villages with gompas and lakes.
Ladakh is a fascinating place. While trekking, you will get a closer look at the beauty of this place. The harsh weather and rough conditions will give you a lively and adventurous experience. So, if you are someone who likes taking risks, trekking in Ladakh is your cup of tea.