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Trekking in Ladakh

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Ladakh is a trekker’s paradise, with numerous trails to choose from – for the beginner as well as for the professional. One condition necessary for all though, is acclimatization. Being a high altitude area, it is necessary to allow the body to get used to the climactic conditions. Spend a couple of days walking around Leh and its monasteries, gradually increasing distances covered to nearby Gompas (monasteries).

Physical preparedness and training, through appropriate exercise should start as far as three months ahead of a trek, as certain fitness levels must be met to undertake anticipated levels of strenuous activity, within which highlighted areas include physical strength, stamina and lung capacity.

The trekking season is roughly between May and October. In May though, one can still expect snowfall, and in June and July, the rivers are full due to the melting snow. The ideal season therefore is from August to early September.

If one is not sufficiently prepared with the right camping gear, there enough outlets in Leh from which one can hire or buy the appropriate items. It is important to equip oneself with the right clothing and gear as morning and evening temperatures are harsh. Carry enough food and water. The mid-day sun can be scorching and it is advisable not to trek then, as it can cause sunburn and dehydration.

Except for the demanding trails that will only be suitable for seasoned mountaineers, the joy of walking through tough tracks, deep gorges and rivers can be a rewarding experience for all levels of enthusiasts.


Lamayuru is a scruffy little village situated about 127 kms west of Leh, but has one of the most spectacular gompas. It is not so much the gompa, but the location and construction that makes it special.

Padum Alchi Trek

This is a long, arduous, and sometimes difficult trek of about 13/14 days. An interesting route, one gets the opportunity to explore old monasteries dating back to the 11th century at Wangla, Mang Gyu and Alchi.

Nubra Valley Trek
Nubra Valley Trek

Known as the Valley of Flowers, Nubra is situated 150 kms north of Leh, and is the most fertile valley in Ladakh. Its gentle slopes transform into a verdant green in the summer months,..

Frozen Zanskar Trek

This trek is executed in the months of January and February when weather conditions are extreme, with 65% of it being bad weather. Day temperatures may stay around 20C, but the..

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