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Trekking in Ladakh

Ladakh MapNews travels offers very interesting trekking routes for trekkers. Trekking possibilities include short, day-long walks up and down mountain slopes to visit isolated villages or monastic settlements, or across a ridge to enjoy the sheer beauty of the lunar mountainscape. Or long, transmountain treks involving weeks of walking and camping the wilderness.

Ladakh is rich in wildlife, you may come a across some rare species like gazelles, ibex, ammon or shapo etc. You are sure to see Yak and Demos grazing on mountain pastures. The mountain river can be the only sound in your solitude as it runs along your route. All these may go to make your trek in this region a memorable moment, the experience of the life time.

Clothes and equipments
The summer visitors to Leh will need basically warm- weather clothes, with a sweeter for evenings and mornings when it may be chilly. Temperatures begin to fall around the 2nd half of August, and though cottons continue to be worm during the day until mid September, a heavy sweeter or an anorak or coat will be needed in the mornings and evenings. Form mid September it starts getting distinctly cold and woollens are needed even during the day, though in the sun it is still hot. Winter visitors- which means November to April- will need to equip themselves with heavy woollens, anoraks or tweed coats, gloves, balaclave helmets or equivalent and warm boots.

Reasonably good trekking equipment can be hired from Private Tour Operators specialised in mountain treks. All trekkers should remember that nights in the mountains would be chilly at any time of the year and make sure that they should be fully equipped for the treks. They must carry enough food for the whole trek, basic supplies- fruit & vegetables or the occasional villages enroute will be able to provide local food if you run out of food stock. It is advisable to keep a good torch handy during treks and visit to the monasteries because shrines are often found ill- lit.


Mountain climbing
The area most frequented by foreing climbers is the Nun-Kun Massif in the Great Himalayan Range. Its easy accessibility from the Kargil- Padum road and the shortest possible approach march to the base camps makes this massif the most attractive climbing destination in the Great Himalaya, necessitating advance booking years ahead. Among its six known Peaks accessible from the Suru Valley, Nun (7,135 m) and Kun (7,077 m) are the highest summits.

The area nearest to Leh is the Stok-Kangri Massif in the Zanskar Mountains, South of Leh. The base camp for the various peaks of this massif is about two days trek from the village of Stok. Among its known peaks, Stok-Khangri (6,150 m) is the highest; its offers a spectular perspective to the Central expanse of the Indus valley which it donimates. Other peaks in the area include Gulap Khangri ( 5,900 m), Matho West (5,950 m) and Kantaka (5,275 m). The much higher Konglacha Peak (6,700 m) lies southwest of Leh and is reached via Rumbak on the first leg of the Markha Valley trek from Stok. Many un-named peaks in the altitude range of 5,500 metres and 6,400 metres are also available for climbing in the same region. This entire area falls well outside the Inner Line, or restricted area. North of Leh, across the Ladakh Range and the Nubra valley lies the Karakuram range. It soars to a number of known peaks which are, however, within the restricted area and so not freely accessible to foreign climbers except with special permission from the Government of India.The most prominent summits in this range which are accessible from various parts of the Nubra Valley include, Saser-I (7,415 m), Saser II (7,513 m) and Saser III (7,495 m).

LAMAYURU - ALCHI

LAMAYURU - ALCHI

Destinations: Leh-Lamayuru - Wanla-Fanjila - Tarla Base-Tar (via Tarla 4900 Mtrs) - Alchi
Trip Duration: 6 days
Best Time: May to September
LAMAYURU - PADUM

LAMAYURU - PADUM

Destinations: Lamayuru-Fanjila - Hanupata-Photoksar - Base Singheyla-Skumpata - Lingshet-Oman
Trip Duration: 10 days
Best Time: May to September
LIKIR - TINGMOSGANG

LIKIR - TINGMOSGANG

Destinations: Leh-Likir - Yangthang-Hemis-Shukpachan - Tingmosgang
Trip Duration: 4 days
Best Time: May to September
MARKHA VALLEY TREK

MARKHA VALLEY TREK

Destinations: Spituk - Zingchan - Yurutse - Sku - Markha - Thochugtse - Nimaling - Shang Sumdo
Trip Duration: 9 days
Best Time: June to October
PADAM - DARCHA TREK

PADAM - DARCHA TREK

Destinations: Padam - Raru - Cha - Testa - Kargiak - Lakhang Pulu - Zanskar Sumdo - Darcha
Trip Duration: 7 days
Best Time: May to September
SPITUK - STOK

SPITUK - STOK

Destinations: Spituk-Zingchan - Rumbak-Stok -
Trip Duration: 3 days
Best Time: May to September
ZINCHEN-DADUM VIA JUNGLAM

ZINCHEN-DADUM VIA JUNGLAM

Destinations: Leh - Zingchan - Yurutse-Sku - Markha - Rairpa Kyanchik - Stabdongsa - Stashong Ga
Trip Duration: 11 days
Best Time: Mid September to November
Grade: 6/7
Altitude: 3800mtr-5200 mtrs
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