Leh Ladakh: Trekking Destinations

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Leh Ladakh is known as the adventure hotspot of the country. There are various adventure activities that can be done in the region of Leh Ladakh. The geographical position of the region of Ladakh makes it one of the preferred destinations for adventure. The rugged landscapes and cold weather makes doing adventure in Ladakh a once in a lifetime experience. One of the favourite adventure activities that happens in Ladakh is trekking. The challenging  trekking trails and with picturesque surroundings makes Ladakh one of the best trekking destinations in the country. 

The treks that one can go on when in Ladakh are as follows:

  • Chadar Trek

Chadar trek is one of the most challenging and famous treks that happens in the region of Ladakh. One of the unique features of the Chadar trek is that the trail is not on land rather one treks through the frozen Zanskar river during the Chadar trek. The surreal surroundings, the snow capped mountains and the amazing weather makes Chadar one of the most popular treks in the country. As the trek involves walking on sheets of ice, only experienced trekkers can undertake this trek. The duration of the chadar trek is nine days. The best time to do the Chadar trek is in the winter months of January and February. The chadar trek can get uncomfortable at times due to freezing temperatures and icy sheets beneath the feet.

  • Markha Valley Trek

Markha valley trek is one of the best treks in the region of Ladakh. The barren landscapes and rocky canyons mark the trails of Markha valley trek. One of the highlights of the Markha Valley trek is Hemis National Park. The Hemis national park is home to some of the rarest  flora and fauna in the region of Ladakh. The two pass crossing namely the Kongmaru La pass and Gandala La Pass also adds to the attraction quotient of the Markha Valley trek. The Markha valley trek takes place at an altitude of 3, 700 meters which is approximately 17,060 feet. The Markha Valley trek is a nine day long trekking expedition. 

  • Lamayuru to Darcha Trek

The Lamayuru to Darcha trek is one of the long treks that one can undertake in the region of Ladakh. The Lamayuru to Darcha trek is a twenty days long trekking expedition. During the duration of Lamayuru to Darcha trek one can witness various quaint monasteries stuffed in the villages along the trekking trail. Few of the monasteries that one can witness during the Lamayuru to Darcha trek are Lamayuru monastery, Phuktal monastery, and Lingshed monastery. The trekking expedition from Lamayuru to Darcha takes place at an altitude of 5,000 meters. The interesting trekking terrain has made the Lamayuru to Darcha trek one of the best treks in the country. 

  • Ripchar Valley Trek 

Ripchar valley trek is one of the most fascinating snow treks in the country. During the Ripchar valley trek one gets a panoramic view of the Ladakh region. The stunning vistas that one gets to witness during the Ripchar valley trek is one of the reasons that this trekking trail is so popular among trekkers. One of the distinct features of the Ripchar valley trek is that it is surrounded by various mountain ranges of the Himalayas such as Zanskar and Karakoram range. The Ripchar valley trekking expedition is nine days long. The best time to undertake the Ripchar valley trekking expedition is during the months from June to September. 

  • Lamayuru to Alchi Trek 

One of the unique features of the Lamayuru to Alchi trek is that while trekking through the trail one can get a sneak peek into the life-style of the Indo-Tibetan people. This is one of the short treks of Ladakh as the Lamayuru to Alchi trek is only five days long. The trek between two of the most famous monasteries of Ladakh is one of the most popular treks in the country. Some of the attractions one can see during the trek are, Lamayuru monastery, Prinkti La and Alchi Monastery. The maximum height to which a trekker will trek to during the Lamayuru to Alchi trek 5,200 meters.  

This is all about treks that one can undertake in the region of Ladakh.

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