Top 5 Treks in Ladakh!
Ladakh is a region administered by India as a union territory, and constituting a part of the larger region of Kashmir. It is bordered by the Chinese Tibet Autonomous Region to the east, the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh to the south, both the Indian union territory of Jammu and Kashmir and the Pakistan-administered Gilgit-Baltistan to the west, and the southwest corner of Xinjiang across the Karakoram Pass in the far north. It extends from the Siachen Glacier in the Karakoram range to the north to the main Great Himalayas to the south.The eastern end, consisting of the uninhabited Aksai Chin plains, is claimed by the Indian Government as part of Ladakh, and has been under Chinese control since 1962.Until 2019, Ladakh was a region of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. In August 2019, the Parliament of India passed an act by which Ladakh became a union territory on 31 October 2019.
In the past Ladakh gained importance from its strategic location at the crossroads of important trade routes, but since the Chinese authorities closed the borders between Tibet Autonomous Region and Ladakh in the 1960s, international trade has dwindled except for tourism. Since 1974, the Government of India has successfully encouraged tourism in Ladakh. Since Ladakh is a part of the strategically important Kashmir region, the Indian military maintains a strong presence in the region.
Here’s a list of 5 treks in Ladakh that you should consider if you love trekking.
1) Sham Valley Trek
Sham Valley includes Alchi, Likir, Basgo, Zanskar and Indus River Confluence at Nimmu, Magnetic Hills, Gurudwara Pather Sahib… Gosh, a long list but they all are very much close to each other and require about 165 km of the drive for the complete tour and back to Leh in a day.
2) Nubra Valley Trek
This trek goes north to the Nubra Valley, also known as Ldumra (the valley of flowers), just about as far north as we can possibly go in India. This picturesque valley is incredibly remote and only accessible by foot or by highest motorable road from Leh, negotiating Khardung La (5602m).
3) Lamayuru to Alchi
This five-day trek takes you through isolated villages hidden in the mountains. Some of the highlights along this trek are the monasteries at Lamayuru, Mang Gyu and Alchi. This trek is an alternative to the Lamayuru to Alchi trek via Stakspi La.
4) Spituk to Stok
A laid-back hike through the rolling hillside, this trek finishes with a steep ascent to Stok La, a high pass at the foothills of the famous Stok Kangri mountain at 4,855 m. (15,928 ft.) Spituk, the starting village conveniently close to Leh, is home to another unmissable monastery, so save time to check out the Thangka paintings on display. A meandering route leads to Stok, former seat of the Namgyal dynasty. The royal palace, built by Ladakhi craftsmen in 1820, is now a heritage hotel, in case you feel like upgrading your sleeping bag to a canopied bed. You might catch sight of the current king of Ladakh, who lives on the premises.
5) Tso Moriri to Spiti Valley
Less visited than Pangong, Moriri is arguably the more spectacular of Ladakh’s two saltwater lakes. It is also a mecca for bird-watchers and a prime camping spot. Past verdant ranges and stunning overlooks, you then climb to the glacier-capped peaks of Tanglang La, marking the world’s second highest motorable road at 5,332 m. (17, 493 ft.) Arrive in Spiti, Himachal Pradesh’s best-kept secret: a remote mountain valley inhabited by monks and nomadic shepherds, and ready with postcard-ready views.