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The top treks of Ladakh are:

1. Rangdum To Lamayuru Trek

The trek from Rangdum to Lamayuru follows the most offbeat trail in Ladakh, rendering it ideal for those who wish to avoid the beaten tracks. The trek plunges into the remotest valleys of Ladakh, and through three different mountain passes. Rangdum is a beautiful high altitude plateau that lies in one of the most isolated areas of Suru Valley, almost right between Kargil and Padum. Fenced by magnificent hills and glaciers, the elliptical plateau is the origin point of the trek. Owing to the isolation from the common regions of Ladakh, the trail is trodden by only handful trekkers, who wander here seeking out the haunting beauty of the untouched nooks of nature. Besides breathtaking beauty, you also get to visit some of the themes ancient and beautiful Buddhist monasteries. The splendour of Ladakhi villages magnifies your experience twofold.

Max. Altitude – 5,246 m

Duration – 10 days

Level – Difficult

Highlights

1. The trek traces one of the most offbeat trails in Ladakh and offers you the kind of solitude, respite, and peace you need.

2. Be privy to the beautiful blend of Buddhist and Tibetan cultures that is exclusive to Ladakhi villages.

3. Traverse the remote but beautiful parts of Suru valley, carrying a backdrop of stunning glaciers and mountains.

2. Saboo To Khaltsar Trek

The trek from Saboo to Khaltsar plunges into some of the least explored, and untouched parts of Ladakh. Climbing up to Digar La perched at a staggering 5,250 meters, the trek brings you unmatched views of the magnificent Karakoram ranges, along with Stok and Saser Kangri. The Digar La pass also links the Indus and Nubra valleys. Several ancient monasteries of Ladakh mark your journey. Besides the enticing beauty that envelops the trek, you get to experience the fascinating lifestyle of Ladakhi villages, and these are few of the most unexplored villages, including those of Saboo and Khaltsar, shaded well away from clutches of tourism.

Max Altitude – 5,405 meters

Duration – 7 days

Level – Moderate

Highlights

1. Trek through some of the remotest corners of Ladakh, doused in splendid beauty.

2. The trek climbs up to phenomenal views of the Karakoram ranges, along with the lofty Saser Kangri peak.

3. The rustic villages on the trek carry a beautiful blend of Tibetan and Buddhist cultures, giving you a fascinating insight into their native lives.

3. Sham Valley Trek

More commonly referred to as the ‘baby trek’ of Ladakh, owing to its duration, the Sham Valley trek dips into the lower region of Ladakh, the Sham region. Sham Valley is also known as the Apricot Valley as it is dotted throughout with an array of Apricot flowers. This trek takes you through some of the remotest villages and nooks of Ladakh and brings you a stunning portrayal of life in those rustic hamlets. The trail follows beautiful mountain passes, pristine forests, gurgling streams, swaying fields, and Ladakhi hamlets. Despite its short duration, the trek packs great adventure and thrill for beginners as well as the experienced. Witness a conflux of the Indian and Tibetan culture here, while the surrounding beauty takes your breath away, literally! The best part about the trek is that it may be done throughout the year, even during winters when several treks become inaccessible in Ladakh.

Max Altitude – 3,876 meters

Duration – 6 days

Level – Moderate

Highlights

1. Experience the beautiful blend of Indian, Tibetan and Ladakhi cultures that find a junction in the Sham Valley region of Ladakh.

2. The trek is also accessible during winters when most of the treks in Ladakh become inaccessible, and several parts take to hibernating.

3. Despite the short duration, the trek encompasses the experience of a full-fledged Himalayan trek.

4. Snow Leopard Trek

The Snow Leopard trek coils through the heart of Hemis National Park lapped in the verdant laps of Markha and Rumbak Valleys. Spanning roughly 600 sq.km., Hemis National Park is a wildlife reserve and grants you several opportunities to spot various floral, avian and wildlife species that it harbors. As the name suggests, the trek leads you through trails and places where Snow Leopards are easy to spot. Besides Snow Leopards, species like Ibex, Marmot, Tibetan Hare, Horned Lark, Antelope, Snow Cock and Shapo may also give you a rare glimpse. Needless to say, the Snow Leopard trek is one the most sought after treks by wildlife enthusiasts from around the globe! The trek carries a panoramic canvas of the Himalayan neighbors, along with beautiful expanses of greenery, making the trek a dreamy experience. Besides wildlife, you’re also treated to countless fascinating stories surrounding Rumbak valley! It is also one of the only winter treks in Ladakh!

Max. Altitude – 3,800 meters

Duration – 12 days

Level – Moderate

Highlights

1. The Snow Leopard trail is a paradise for wildlife lovers, as frequent sightings of Snow leopards, along with species like Tibetan Hare, Marmot, Ibex and Antelope are enjoyed.

2. It is one of the few winter treks in Ladakh.

3. There are tons of interesting stories surrounding Rumbak valley, which the locals are more than willing to share with you.

4. Along with the natural beauty of Ladakh, you get to experience the beautifully preserved, exotic culture of Ladakhi villages.

5. Lamayuru to Padum Trek

The trek from Lamayuru to Padum is housed in the beautiful kingdom of Zanskar, a trekker’s delight. The trail of our trek dips into some of the remotest areas, cradled by the Himalayas and the Indus Valley. Along with unmatched beauty, the trek promises you 14 days of uninterrupted bliss and tranquility in the laps of nature. Though the trail is an isolated one, you can feel the ancient cultures and traditions reflected in the handful of Zanskari villages, monasteries, and gompas that we pass. In fact, the trail from Lamayuru begins from the sacred Lamayuru Monastery, and snakes through beautiful forests and alpine meadows, along with the classic fields of barley and potato that these villages are known for. The entire experience of the trek seems otherworldly, and promises to linger with you for life!

Max. Altitude – 5,000 meters

Duration – 14 days

Level – Moderate to challenging

 

Highlights

1. The route from Lamayuru to Padum is one that is least trodden upon, making it ideal for those seeking respite and solitude.

2. The isolated tracks of the trek wind through some of the most beautiful Buddhist monasteries, gompas, and Ladakhi villages. It exposes you to the fascinating nuances of their culture.

6. Markha Valley Trek

The Markha Valley trek is one that graces the bucket lists of every trekker, and for good reason. It is a panoramic window to the stunning views of the Ladakh and Zanskar ranges. The lofty peaks of Stok Kangri and Kang Yissay accompany you through most of the trek, while the striking landscape of the valley leaves you awestruck. The trail to Markha Valley stems from Hemis National Park, and coils through the incredible, high altitude Gandala La Pass and Kongmaru La Pass. Graced by quite a few rivers and streams that you cross, the trek also exposes you to the beautiful Ladakhi villages and cultures. The rocky terrain of the trek trails several Buddhist villages, and eventually dips into stunning, arid canyons, adding to the thrill. Wading through waist-deep river also adds to the appeal of the trek.

Also famous for the tea houses and parachute tents that the trails run past, the Markha Valley trek is nicknamed as a ‘tea house trek’. Although the trek falls into the difficult category of Himalayan treks, it is not difficult to justify the fame it enjoys amongst trekkers. It is really no wonder that this is one of the most sought-after treks in Ladakh, thanks to the unique diversity of terrains trekkers see throughout. Every day of the trek has something new in store, a compilation of surprises. The trails are lined with beautiful, colorful rock formations, while the brilliant landscape drains all the negativity from life. The rustic villages of Ladakh also give trekkers an insight into the fascinating Ladakhi culture and way of life. Trek in Markha Valley to escape the city life and drudgery that it entails.

That said, the importance of acclimatization for the Markha Valley trek cannot be overstated. Make sure you’re hydrating yourself well before as well as throughout the trek for a seamless journey.

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Best Time To Visit

The window of May to September is the most ideal time for the Markha Valley trek. During this season, the weather is relatively pleasant and sunny with cool nights. The roads are also accessible, and easy to navigate. Anytime after September and before May, it is very cold, and snow covers the entire area. Camping at high altitudes becomes dangerous, almost impossible. Roads become difficult to navigate, and might also shut down if snow is heavy.

7. Mentok Kangri Trek

A striking Himalayan massif tucked away in the beautiful Rupshu Valley of Ladakh, Mentok Kangri is an enticing challenge for adventurers. Standing tall at 6,250 meters, it offers unmatched views of the Changthang peaks, reflected in the turquoise waters of Tsomoriri Lake. The dreamy landscape of Ladakh, exotic wildlife species and the unbeatable views of the lofty neighbours weave the Mentok Kangri trek! It dips into the expansive beauty of Khardung La, Kyamar, Tisaling, Nuruchan and Rumptse.

Though the trek is quite a challenge, the high of climbing a six thousander overshadows all fear and fatigue. The trail winds through beautiful rustic Ladakhi villages, alpine meadows, loose moraines, narrows ridges, and cavernous valleys. The reward of this challenging trek is the view from the top. Expansive Himalayan ranges, including Kang Yatse, Chamsher and Lungsher peaks, Markha Valley, and the Tibetan plateau greet you with an embracing sprawl!

Max Altitude: 6,250 m

Level: Difficult

Duration: 14 days

Highlights:

  • The trek brings an unmatched vantage point to the beautiful Tsomoriri Lake that it overlooks.
  • Revel in the thrill of climbing a six thousander!
  • Spot elusive wildlife species like the Tibetan Gazelle, Snow Leopard, Tibetan Wolf, Mountain Goat, Blue Sheep, Black Necked Cranes, to name a few.

 

8. Parang La Trek

The beautiful Parang La Pass trek emanates from Kibber, and snakes along the old trade route connecting Spiti, Tibet, and Changthang. Dipping into the Kibber gorge, the trek climbs up to 5,600 m to Parang La, from where the Pare Chu river originates. The river stems from India, ribbons through Tibet and re-enters India. Another stunning sight is the confluence of the rivers Pare Chu and Phirtse Phu. The landscape of this trek dons new terrains and colors every day, such is the diversity. The trek houses some of the best campsites of Ladakh and offers a rare peek of the exotic Tibetan Wild Ass called Kiangs, residing in the Rupshu plains. Stretched over the rocky, desert terrain of Ladakh, the trek is rather demanding, but promises the most breathtaking views of bordering mountains, crimson gorges and misty valleys.

Highlights:

  • The trek stems from Spiti, and crosses over to the cold desert of Ladakh, spanning over a diversity of stunning terrains.
  • You also get to witness the splendid Kiangs in their natural habitat.
  • The radiant confluence of the Pare Chu river and Phirtse Phu river greets you with a sprawling embrace.

 

9. Spituk Matho Trek

Winding deep through the interiors of Hemis National Park, the Spituk to Matho trek is a doorway to exotic wildlife species like the Himalayan marmot, wild mouse, blue sheep, and the elusive snow leopard. A fairly easy trek, the trail cuts past a handful of Ladakhi villages that portray the simple lifestyle of the natives. Rising up on one side, the lofty Stok Kangri peak plays witness to the trek, while a sprawling canvas of the snowy massifs adorn the backdrop as you climb up to the passes of Stokla and Matho La. The trail also snakes through the beautiful Rumbak valley, which is known almost exclusively to harbor snow leopards. The trek stems from Spituk and is one of the lesser trodden trails of the Ladakh region.

Max. altitude: 16,174 ft.
Duration: 7 days
Level: Moderate

 

10. Kang Yatse II

Gracefully dominating the stunning Markha Valley in the Hemis National Park of Ladakh, Kang Yatse forms 2 summits, closely resembling the shape of a king’s throne. The western summit, Kang Yatse II, reigns at a staggering 6,250 m, and is the perfect alternative to the relatively crowded Stok Kangri summit. Ideal for those who wish to attempt their first 6000-er and stray a bit from the mainstream, the trek allows a breathtaking taste of mountaineering without overpowering you. A clear day will greet you with astounding views of the Zanskar and Nun Kun Ranges, and the mighty K2 peak amongst other neighboring beauties!

Trek Highlights:

1. Mild technicalities that introduce you to mountaineering skills.

2. A less crowded alternative to Stok Kangri.

3. Ravishing panoramic views of the Zanskar Range and K2.

 

11. Rupshu Valley Trek

One of the less crowded treks in India, Rupshu is a picturesque plateau cradled deep within the winter land of Ladakh. Flanked by the river Indus, it forms a part of the Changthang Plateau, and is home to the nomadic Changpas. Summers add an essence of ceaseless beauty to the entire region, bringing it to life. The trek starts from Tsokar Lake, and concludes at the stunning Tso Moriri. The trail weaves through a handful of passes, some of which sit staggeringly above 5,000 m! This implies that proper acclimatisation is key. Replete with magnificent lakes like Tso Moriri and Tsokar, it is not uncommon to get glimpses of the beautiful Bar Headed Geese and Black Necked Crane which inhabit the area! The trek promises you the journey of a lifetime, to which numerous neighbouring peaks play witness.

Max. Altitude– 5,240 m

Level– Moderate to Difficult

Trek Highlights:

1. The trek takes you beautifully off the beaten tracks, gifting you views like no other.

2. Numerous high altitude passes await you.

3. The beautiful salt lakes of Tsokar and Tso Moriri fence your trek, marking the beginning and end respectively.

 

12. Kanji La Trek

Straying well off the beaten path, the Kanji La trek traces one of the remotest yet exceptionally scenic routes in the Zanskar region of Ladakh. Cutting through beautiful lush forests, villages, passes, and gorges, the trail is constantly fenced by majestic snow-clad peaks. The route later follows the scenic route along the river Tsarap Chu, leading up the to the temple of Phuktal Gompa, which is one of the most stunning temples in the world. As you progress, some of the best campsites in the country await you! Experience literally breathtaking moments as you make your way through the Phirtse La Pass, which is the highest point of our trek.

Level– Moderate to difficult

Maximum Elevation– 5,150 m

Season– Mid August to Mid October

Trek Highlights:

1. Explore remote villages in the Zanskar region.

2. Tread through dense forests, passes, canyons, and gorges.

3. Experience peace, quiet and solitude on this offbeat trek.

13. Rumtse To Tso Moriri Trek

One of the most breathtaking high altitude treks in Ladakh, the trail from Rumtse to Tso Moriri traces a verdant blanket of greenery, and revolves around wildlife, alpine lakes, monasteries, and nomads. This daunting trek starts from the village of Rumtse at 4,100 m, and ends at the beautiful Tso Moriri Lake in the Changthang region, which is a spellbinding sight to behold. The Changthang region houses several exotic species of wildlife like the Himalayan Wolf, Tibetan Wild Dog, Wild Ass Kiang, Himalayan Marmot, and Tibetan Argali, which may grace your landscape if you’re lucky enough. Also, the campsites of Kyamar, Tisaling and Rachungkharu are some of India’s most beautiful gems, presenting you with spectacular views of the lush forests and towering mountains. The massive Mt. Kang Yatse chaperones your trek!

Max. Altitude– 4,600 m

Trek Highlights:

1. Explore the beautiful Tso Moriri lake.

2. Spot some of the rarest and most stunning wildlife species.

3. The backdrop of the majestic Mt. Kang Yatse

4. Visit incredible Buddhist monasteries on the trek.

 

14. Chadar Trek

One of the most breathtaking high altitude treks in Ladakh, the trail from Rumtse to Tso Moriri traces a verdant blanket of greenery, and revolves around wildlife, alpine lakes, monasteries, and nomads. This daunting trek starts from the village of Rumtse at 4,100 m, and ends at the beautiful Tso Moriri Lake in the Changthang region, which is a spellbinding sight to behold. The Changthang region houses several exotic species of wildlife like the Himalayan Wolf, Tibetan Wild Dog, Wild Ass Kiang, Himalayan Marmot, and Tibetan Argali, which may grace your landscape if you’re lucky enough. Also, the campsites of Kyamar, Tisaling and Rachungkharu are some of India’s most beautiful gems, presenting you with spectacular views of the lush forests and towering mountains. The massive Mt. Kang Yatse chaperones your trek!

Max. Altitude– 4,600 m

Trek Highlights:

1. Explore the beautiful Tso Moriri lake.

2. Spot some of the rarest and most stunning wildlife species.

3. The backdrop of the majestic Mt. Kang Yatse

4. Visit incredible Buddhist monasteries on the trek.

 

15. Stok Kangri Trek

Arguably the most popular and adrenaline rushing trek in Ladakh, the Stok Kangri trek is the big daddy of all high altitude treks in India. Lapped in the beautiful cold desert of Ladakh, Stok Kangri is the highest non-technical (trekkable) peak, hence the excitement! Resting at a mind-numbing altitude of 20,180 ft., the Stok Kangri peak offers a panoramic view of the sweeping Zanskar and Indus Valley! Mighty mountains like Saser Kangri, Golap Kangri, and various other peaks are also visible through the trek.

The terrain of Ladakh combined with the extreme high altitude makes it a tricky maneuver, but the summit view is worth every struggle along the way. The trail is laden with numerous ridges, and with nearly every turn, a stunning new landscape crops up! The path to the summit goes over glacial terrain, steep inclines, and narrow ridges.

Considering the very high altitude that Stok Kangri trekking involves, the importance of proper acclimatization cannot be overstated. Make sure you’re well hydrated through the trek. Take acclimatization walks seriously, and keep yourself sufficiently warm. A six-thousander is not your regular trek, and as such, requires resilience – mental and physical.

That said, the Stok Kangri trek is a journey of a lifetime. Passing through the beautiful hamlets of Ladakh, the trek also exposes you to the nuances of the vibrant Ladakhi culture and way of life. At 20,180 ft., you can hear nothing but the howling mountain wind and the hammering of your heartbeat as you try to drink in the magnificent, once-in-a-lifetime views of the surrounding peaks and the unfolding valleys below. Book your seats at the best Stok Kangri trek cost with Trekmunk! The Stok Kangri expedition cost includes top-notch grade facilities and safety equipments, with a journey that promises to be scorched in your memory for years!

Best Time to Visit

The best time to do the Stok Kangri trek in Ladakh is between May to mid-October, during which time the weather is quite pleasant i.e. not as harsh as the rest of the year. The average temperature ranges from 15 to 25 degrees Celsius during the daytime and can plummet to as low as 6 to 10 degrees Celsius during the night.

How to Reach

By Air

You can take a direct flight to Leh from Delhi, Mumbai, and Srinagar. Take a cab to the base camp from Leh Airport.

By Road

You can reach Leh by road either from Srinagar or from Manali, although the Srinagar route is widely preferred over the Manali route.

By Rail

Jammu Tawi is the nearest railways station to Leh and is well connected to most major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, and Chennai.

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