Top Treks to do near Ladakh

Also known as the ‘Land of High Passes, the highest plateau in the country, Ladakh has emerged to be one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country in the past years. Known for its unique and distinct features of the mountains and terrains along with mesmerizing views of the snow-covered mountains, Ladakh is visited by nature lovers in large numbers every year. Adding to the charm and appeal of the place, the mountains and rugged terrains of Ladakh offer ample opportunities for trekking and hiking and are one of the most visited places in the country by trekkers and mountaineers. This article gives a brief introduction to some of the most popular treks in and around Ladakh.

Chadar trek:

One of the most challenging and difficult treks in the country, the Chadar trek involves trekking over the frozen Zanskar river at an altitude of about 3,400 metres in the winters. The trek usually begins from Shingra Koma and covers places like Gyalpo, the Tibb cave, Bakula and Nayak. The Chadar trek is an extremely difficult one, and can only be traversed by professional and experienced trekkers. One has to be careful about each and every step while walking over the frozen river, and the narrow and steep terrains along with the harsh weather conditions only add to the list of challenges. Yet, it is one of the most sought after treks in the country by trekkers and mountaineers, owing to the adventure and thrill and the breathtaking views that this offers. Apart from all this, this trek is also known for its unique and distinct features of the mountains and terrains, and the rich variety of rare and exotic flora and fauna in the region.

Markha Valley trek:

The Markha River originating inside the Hemis National Park in Ladakh is a tributary to the Zanskar river. One of the most popular trekking routes in the country, the Markha river valley is best known for its spectacular views of the Zanskar mountains and valleys along with the small picturesque villages on the lap of the mountains. One starts the trek from an elevation of about 10,490 feet and has to climb up to an altitude of about 17,060 feet. A moderately difficult trek owing to the long and strenuous trekking hours along with the steep and narrow ascents, the Markha valley trek requires some level of physical endurance and relevant skills. Yet, it is one of the most famous treks in the country and has its admirers and visitors from all over the world. An ideal monsoon trek, the Markha valley trek is mostly visited during the months of May to September.

Parang la trek:

A high altitude mountain pass at a height of about 5,600 metres, the Parang La pass in Ladakh connects the Spiti valley in Himachal Pradesh to Changthang in Tibet. The Parang la trek is best known for its unique features of the mountains and terrains, and the rich natural biodiversity of the region. The main attractions of this trek include the scenic beauty of the vast open meadows and valleys, the Tso Moriri lake and the famous Tibetan monasteries like the Ki monastery and the Korzok monastery. The trek usually starts from Kaza, and leads one through places like Ki, Dumla, Thaltak, Bongrojen, the Parang La pass, Dak Karzong, Datang Yongma, Chumik Shield, Tso Moriri, Korzok etc. a moderately difficult trek owing to the narrow and steep climbs at such a high altitude, the Parang la trek is a perfect monsoon trek and mostly visited during the months of July to September.

Stok Kangri trek:

Best known for its panoramic views of the snow-laden Zanskar mountains along with the Indus and Markha valley, the Stok Kangri is one of the most challenging and yet one of the most visited treks in the country. Another special feature of the Stok Kangri peak is that it is one of the highest trekkable peaks in the world. The steep and narrow ascents at such a high altitude and the adverse weather conditions make this trek quite a difficult one, yet it is visited by trekkers and mountaineers in large numbers every year. The months of May to October are the most suitable to visit this trek owing to the relatively pleasant weather. The entire region is covered in heavy snow during winters and becomes completely inaccessible for trekking.

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