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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.

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

Being in the heart of Ladakh, Chadar Trek is also known as the Frozen River Trek. As the Chadar River is fully covered in snow in February, this month is preferred for the trekking. There is also a winter trail in the Zanskar region of Ladakh in the month of February.. The Chadar Trek allows you to get to know the Zankari culture up close through the locals you meet on the trek and experience their hospitality. The Chadar trek is over the Zanskar river which remains frozen during the months of winter. While trekking, you will see the color of the Zanskar river flowing vibrant and deep blue and sometimes you will see water flowing right beneath you under the thick ice sheet. The Chadar Trek Itinerary is generally of 9 days including the day of arrival in Leh and acclimatization day. The journey from Leh to Tsomo Paldar is via Chilling & Tilad do which lets you witness some of the top spots in Ladakh. The frozen waterfalls of Tibb cave is still a mystery to the villagers and hold great myths for them because of the unknown source. The next day you will move from Tibb to Nerak, which is 13km. long trail and that takes you the most iconic landmarks of frozen waterfalls. You will also witness some gigantic yaks grazing over the valleys and a wooden bridge which lets you to the Nerak village. On the following days, you will be in the reverse journey from Nerak to Tibb and might also catch a few locals singing traditional Ladakhi songs while pulling their sledges and enjoying the journey from Tibb cave to Gyalpo and to Leh.

Add this Chadar Trek Tour Package quickly to your bucket list!

Max. Altitude– 11,123 ft

Duration: 10 Days

Level: Difficult

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.

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Why Trek in Ladakh?

The section of northern India which connected the country with the world’s ancient network of Silk Route, Ladakh, is one of the states of the ambivalent valleys of Jammu and Kashmir. Also known as “the land of high passes” (which is a literal translation of the word), the region has, if not famous then an interesting history of politics and religion. Highly influenced by Islamic religiosity, the locals of Ladakh or Ladakhis mostly converted to Islam during the two-hundred years long history of continuous incursions by the state’s Muslim neighbors. Before this (medieval era), during the first century, the area was under the Kushan Empire and its inhabitants were Indo-Aryans and thus Hindus.

Under Kushans and many upcoming ruling empires, the region was able to find and preserve the area’s unique stone carvings and significant works of Pliny, Ptolemy, and various others. Buddhism came before Tibetans in the second century, through Kashmir and thus flowing upwards. Islam entered Ladakh only after the 13th century along with its Islamic and Sufi missionaries. Amongst the most prominent Islamic influencers being Mir Sayyid Ali. Presently the Islam constitutes more than forty-five percent of the Ladakh’s population, which continued to flourish in few parts of the area. Under the surviving Dynasty of Namgyal and its emperor, King Bhagan, Ladakh triumphed over many surrounding districts of the China, Pakistan, and Nepal. After all the victorious years, the region came under the control Mughals but was able to enjoy a certain amount of freedom. The state continued to take root to Leh, which is today one of the capitals of Ladakh; other being Kargil. Under the rule of Sikhs, it became a princely state and was merged with Jammu and Kashmir by a silencing a violent outcry by Ladakhis. After some time it was also declared disputably as a Tibetan state by one of the Tibetan Communist leaders. Thus, after the 17th century, the region has faced a lot of violence over religious issues, riots over political ones, outcries for becoming a union territory and numerous militant wars, with its neighbors, China, and Pakistan, including the Sino-Indian War of 1962 and Kargil War of 1999.

 In the 1960s, the international trade route of Ladakh started to shake as China closed the paths between Central Asia and Tibet. From then the region has remained highly dependent on its tourism industry to grow. Thus, along with tourism, treks in Ladakh India became an increasingly trending adventure sport for the locals, natives, and foreign travelers. Although an important profession of the region is trading, trekking in Ladakh has turned to be the central focus of the Indian Government in the whole state since 1974 because the similar occupation in the conflicted Kashmir has been affecting the whole economy of the region and the nation itself. Ladakh is comparatively a more secluded, silent and peaceful region. Today trekking, hiking, and trips in Ladakh contribute to the fifty-percent of region’s GNP. Mostly experiencing snowfall, the region has atypical kind of a climate in recent years, with melting glaciers, floods, and various rain pattern. These are connected to the global concerns and thus remains one of the central issues of not only the world but a challenging climb for the local uplanders and remotely visiting mountaineers too. In summers the temperature at ranges is between 3 to 35-degree Celsius but during winters it can go to -20 to -35 degrees. Separate from the whole country are Dras, Zanskar and Suru valley, which remain heavily snow-laden almost more than half a year. Zanskar river gets frozen during the winter season and Chadar Trek can be best enjoyed at that time, which is actually a trek through this frozen terrain.

Geographically, the modern-day area of Ladakh is outwardly or physically settled at 9,800 ft above the sea level and extends its area from the Himalayan Ranges to the Kunlun Ranges. It also includes the Indus river and Indus Valley. The Greater Himalayan ranges are of moderate altitudes near ranges around 18,050 ft, further expanding in the southern-eastern parts towards the Nun-Kun crowns, to 23,000 ft Suru and Zanskar valleys consisting of the there ranges soaring to 14,400 ft at Pensi-la, which is also a gateway for Zanskar highlands. Suru Valley’s only town is Kargil, which is one of the most notable one too for Ladakh, due to its historical significance. It is distanced at more than 200 kilometers from the other prominent territories of Srinagar and Leh. Zanskar valley is between the gorgeous Lungnak and Stod brooks. Almost all these important regions undergo heavy snowfall. Indus River is close to Leh, Shey, Basgoand, and Tingmosgang. Indo-Pak war of 1947, divided this holy river too and Hindu culture revere only that part of Indus now which flows splendidly on Ladakh terrains. Walking down towards the Karakoram ranges of Ladakh- On the east of Karakoram ranges, there is Siachen Glacier, which is also the second-longest in the world’s non-polar domains. Karakoram’s relaxing waterfalls separate and form a natural border between India and China. The ranges that are inside the Indian borders are also a venerated by the Hindus. Saser Kangri is the highest point of Saser Muztagh in the eastern lower ranges of Karakoram.

Few of the most cherished points which are often highlighted by the tourists and professionals are, the Pangong range’s which remain greatly glaciated at the peak (22,000 ft). They are in parallel with the Ladakh mountains. Nubra, comprising of Shayok and Nubra valley’s, Karakoram ranges, Apsarasas Group Point at 23,770 ft having the massifs of Nubra-Siachen line, Mamostong Kangri at 24,692 ft simultaneously with the Teram Kangri Group at 24,488 ft and further Singhi Kangri at 23,629 ft. Kunlun is at the north of Karakoram are all the significant spots of the Ladakh area. Ladakh, Karakoram, and Kunlun mountain belts make a threefold natural defense wall between Central Asia at East and Ladakh’s Leh.

We at Trekmunk provide the expeditions to all the best treks in Ladakh, major valleys, and also lakes of the beautiful state. Most of these mountaineering trips will take a maximum of 13 days and a minimum of 6 days to get completed. Almost all of these trekking journeys will be between the spectrum of moderate to very difficult. The temperature will remain on ‘plus’ scale between 15 to 35 degrees in the morning and sunny days but will drop to -20 to -30 degrees at night. All the trekking peaks in Ladakh demands a lot of acclimatizing. Of all the trails that we provide, the Leh Ladakh Treks are the most famous ones. All these passes are alpine and could be profoundly life-changing for many passionate ones when done solo or in a group.