Things to Do in Ladakh

Ladakh is inarguably the land of adventure activities that offer incredible opportunity for white water river rafting, trekking, camping and motor biking experiences. One of the must thing to do in Ladakh is to witness its beautiful Buddhist monasteries, which reflect the rich art and culture of the region. In Ladakh one has the chance to have a glimpse of an ancient culture, remote villages and the simple lifestyle along with the rich wildlife of the region.

Trekking can be enjoyed in Ladakh as the region is replete with demanding tracks, high altitudes and snow-covered passes. Different regions of Ladakh like Nubra Valley, Zanskar Valley and Leh have their own set of easy to difficult treks. The most popular treks in Ladakh are Lamayuru to Darcha, Ripchar Valley, Padum to Darcha and Lamayuru to Alchi. Chadar, the frozen river trek; Kang Yatse; and Dzo Jongo are amongst the most difficult trekking routes in Ladakh. Other treks worth mentioning are Ladakh Zanskar Trek, Manali Ladakh Trek, Markha Valley Trek, Nubra Valley Trek, Rupshu Valley Trekking and Stok Kangri trek.

Camel safari in Ladakh is a lesser known activity, but considering how the new generation of tourists is taking to it, it would not be a surprise if it becomes the flag bearer of Ladakh tourism in coming times. The diverse topography of the region is exemplified by Nubra Valley, at a short distance from the valley covered with high snow-clad mountains one can witness a vast desert, called Hunder. This place offers great opportunity to explore the exceptional beauty of Nubra while riding a Bactrian camel.

The gushing and white foaming rivers of Ladakh are important hub for river rafting in Ladakh. The meandering River Indus and River Zanskar are major attractions in Ladakh for river rafting. The best professional rafting stretch is between Spituk and Saspol and an apt stretch for amateur rafting is between Spituk and Karu. Padum and Nimmu are two points on river Zanskar that offers the most exciting rafting experience.Taking adventure to another level, mountain biking has made an indelible mark. This enthralling activity gives the adventure enthusiast an opportunity to explore the length and breadth of the Ladakh. Leh-Alchi, Leh-Hemis, Khardung La, Jispa-Gandla and Marhi-Manali are some of the most popular mountain biking routes in Ladakh.

An ideal adventure activity in Ladakh is mountain climbing. The lofty Zanskar and Karakoram ranges are perfect for professional mountain climbers. The Stok-Kangri Massif of the Zanskar range is quite popular amongst the climbers. Some of the popular peaks in this range are Nun (7,135 m) & Kun (7,077 m), Gulap Khangri (5,900 m), Matho West (5,950 m) and Kantak (5,275 m). Whereas, on the Karakoram ranges, Saser-I (7,415 m), Saser -II (7,513m ) and Saser III (7,495 m) are the most prominent peaks.

Camping is an important part of mountain climbing and trekking and it is gradually growing in a form of a key tourist activity. Another interesting activity offered is yak safari in Ladakh. Yaks are major attraction here as these animals can only be found in Ladakh region in India. Thus, a yak safari is a unique experience in Ladakh. Another much sought after activity is jeep safari in Ladakh. It is not only a cheap and convenient method of travelling through the length and breadth of Ladakh, but it is also one of the most exciting voyages one can experience here. The most popular jeep safari routes in Ladakh are Leh-Manali and Leh-Padum.

Ladakh Tourism at a Glance