- Tourist Activities
- Mountain Climbing
- River Rafting
Ladakh 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 mountain-scape. Or long, trans-mountain treks involving weeks of walking and camping in the wilderness. Ladakh is rich in wildlife, you may come across some rare species like snow leopard, Black-necked crane, Tibetan wild ass, gazelles, ibex, ureals, ovisammon or shapo etc. You are sure to see Yak and Demos grazing on mountain pastures. All these may go to make your trek in this region a memorable moment, the experience of the life time. Some of the popular treks are listed below:
- Lamayuru – Padum 9 – 11 days
- Lamayuru – Padum – Darsha (Himachal) 19 – 21 days
- Lamayuru –Padum – Kishtwar 13 – 14 days
- Heniskud – Kanji – Rangdum 4 days
- Panikhar – Pahalgam 5 – 6 days
- Rangdum – Kishtwar 6 – 7 days
- Spituk – Rumbak – Stok 3 days
- Spituk – Jingchen – Markha – Martselang 7 days
- Spituk – Markha – Umlung – Zangla 7 – 8 days
- Likir – Yangthang – Temisgam 2 days
- Sakti – Warila – Agyam – Khalsar 4 – 5 days
- Saboo – Digarla – Digar – Khalsar 5 – 6 days
- Hunder – Hunder Dok – Dokla – Phyang 4 -5 days
- Spituk – Markha – Jugtak 11 days
- Nimoo- Padum (Chaddar trek/Ice trek) 06 – 07 days
Cloths and Equipents
The summer visitors to Leh will need basically warm- weather clothes, with a sweeter for evenings and mornings when it may be chill. Temperature 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. From mid September it starts getting distinctly cold and woolens 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 woolens, anoraks or tweed coats, gloves, balaclavas or equivalent and warm boots. Reasonably good trekking equipment can be hired from trekking equipment hire shops. All trekkers should remember that nights in the mountains would be chill 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 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.
The area most frequented by foreign climbers is Nun-Kun massif (Kargil District) in the Western 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 Western Himalaya, necessitating advance booking.Amongst 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 Range, South of Leh. The base camp for the various peaks of this massif is about two days trek from Stok village. Among its known peaks, Stok Kangri (6,150 m). It offers spectacular perspective to the central expanse of Indus valley which it dominates. Other peaks in the area include Gulab Kangri (5,900 m) and Matho West (5,950 m). The much higher Kanglhacha peak (6,700 m) lies South-west of Leh. Many un-named peaks in the range of 5,500 metres to 6,400 metres are also available for climbing in this region. The entire area falls outside the Inner line or restricted area. North of Leh across Ladakh Range in the Nubra valley lies the Karakoram Range. The most prominent peaks in this range which are accessible from various parts of Nubra valley are Saseer I (7,415 m) Saseer II (7,513 m) and Saseer III (7,495 m). The climbing season extends from mid-May to mid- October, the ideal period being from June to September because during this time only Ladakh remains unaffected by the monsoon which holds away over most of the Himalaya. Foreign climbing expeditions are required to obtain permission from the Indian Mountaineering Foundation for climbing all listed peaks. A booking fee, based on the height and popularity of the allotted peak, is charged and a Liaison Officer is assigned to every climbing team. The minimum period required for processing applications is six months. Every authorised expedition is provided with adequate rescue coverage in the event of accidents and illness. A list of peaks available for climbing and application forms for booking along with other requisite documents can be obtained from The Director, Indian Mountaineering Foundation,
Benito Juarez Road, New Delhi-110021.
Phone No: 011-2671211,2602245.
A range of rafting options is available on the Indus and its major tributaries. The best stretch for professionally guided runs in white water is on the Indus between Spituk and Saspol. Beyond Saspol, the river becomes difficult and running it requires technically skilled participants and careful organisation. Upward of Spituk, the Indus has the easiest stretch up to Karu, ideal for basic training and for day-return “scenic floating” for amateurs. In recent years, running the Indus has become an attractive alternative to trekking and features on the itinerary of most visitors. Several agencies in Leh offer attractive rafting packages. Ask for details at the Tourist Office at Leh.They will also be able to provide some rafts on hire. The most difficult but exciting option for river rafting is on the Zanskar river along its spectacular course through the gorge in the Zanskar mountain, between Padum and Nimo. This is suitable only for well-organised white-water expeditions, prepared for several days of river running and camping in absolute wilderness. Participants are required to be trained rafters themselves while the arrangements should be assigned to a dependable professional agency. Adequate arrangements for rescue coverage is pre-requisite for embarking upon a white-water expedition on a river like the Zanskar.