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Trekking in Ladakh

Trekking in Ladakh

Read on as we list down some treks, from easy to tough, helping you plan your next adventure holiday in the Himalayan kingdom.

In the last few years we have seen an incredible rise in adventure travel all in India.  With better accessibility to these isolated frontiers, increase in spending power of the 25-35 age group and affordable outdoor gear & equipment, more and more are now heading to the mountains for the vacations. Ladakh is unquestionably an adventure land of India with its vast highlands, stunning lakes and amazing walking trails and peaks. ‘The Land of High Passes’ is a definite on any adventure seeker’s bucket list. But the question always arises when you’re starting out on your Ladakh adventure, which trek to do first? So here we jot down some treks and non-technical climbs which you can use as something of a ladder. This will list a few treks with the first one the easiest and the last the toughest of the lot. 

NotePlease keep in mind that as Leh is situated at 3500m. We suggest that at least 2 days are kept aside to acclimatize at that altitude before heading out for any outdoor activity. All these are high altitude treks and require a certain level of fitness to make the holiday enjoyable. An easy to moderate trek requires a month of cardio, core and breathing exercises. You should train for at least 2-3 months before going on a tough trek or attempting to climb a high altitude peak.

a. Lamayuru to Chilling

This is a fantastic introductory trek to start of your adventure in Ladakh. This  offbeat  trail starts off in the moon landscape of Lamayuru Monastery and ends at the confluence of Indus and Zanskar at Chilling. Opt for this moderate trek to enjoy the basic luxuries while you trek in remote mountains. Your guides will assist you as you walk through the moon landscape, monasteries and quaint villages on this ancient trade route. It will include your personal chef and kitchen team, mess tent and private group toilet. Client tents are big enough for you to stand in and give you ample space and comfort while camping above 4000m. Be warned, you still have to walk at least 4-5 hours a day, so a good fitness level will surely help you.

Challenge: Trekking in 4500m+ altitude
Highest point: 4820m
Trekking days: 5-6
Grade : Easy

b. Markha Valley trek

Markha Valley trek is one of the most popular trails in Ladakh as you can stay in home stays in villages that dot the valley. There are a couple of different entry points to the valley depending on the number of days that you have and how difficult you want to it to be. You could start the trek at Chilling which means that the only high pass you will have to cross is Kongmoru La (5260m) at the end of the trek. But you could start the trek at Zingchen and also add Ganda La (4900m) which has a pretty steep ascent.  Whichever trail you choose, Markha Valley trek, with its colorful mountains and quaint villages, is a fantastic trek and not to be missed.