Ladakh is one of rarest places in the world where serenity meets spirituality, tranquillity meets divinity; in other words, heaven meets earth. A trip to Ladakh means experiencing an epic adventure where you immerse yourself into stunning landscapes as well as its incredible culture.

Leh Ladakh packages have emerged out as the new favored travel destination among both types of travelers for Ladakh tourism; the ones who travel time and again, and the ones who do it less but do it in style. It doesn’t matter if you are an adventure tourism freak or the one who likes to travel with for the experience, Ladakh has something for one and all and it never disappoints anyone. Ladakh is a travel destination that can tempt a vivid traveler from any part of the world!

Ladakh is a name that you will find on almost every traveler’s bucket list; whether it’s “to go place” or “been there, done that”. Here are some powerful reasons which will compel you to visit the place again and again:

1. Enjoy the snow and mountain in the rawest form possible

Snow and Mountain

A wild, rugged, yet breathtakingly astounding terrain of Leh-Ladakh will mesmerize your senses at every instant. It’s a place that is free from urban throes, a land that is timeless, and a region that is surrounded by alpine desert and along with the snowclad mountain range of Karakoram. Overseas Holidays Ladakh tours take you to an unforgettable journey, that will show you rare glimpses of mountains, valleys, lakes, and enchanting roads. The place gives you a chance to be one with nature when you forget all your worldly issues.

2. Satiate all your cravings for an adrenaline rush

Rock Climbing

Ladakh is any adventurous lover’s dream-come-true. Safari, trekking, camping, mountain biking, rock climbing, paragliding, quad biking, river rafting– you name any adventurous activity and you will find it in Ladakh, the adventure capital of the country. White water rafting on the Zanskar River is one of the most popular activities. Besides, if you want to test your driving skills, you can take the wheel and drive to the top through one of the highest roads. Ladakh is surely the best tourist destination for those who love adventure activities that pump adrenaline into the brain!

Paragliding at Ladakh

3. Lose yourself in the mystical ancient monasteries steeped in age-old traditions

One of the main attractions of our Leh – Ladakh tour is that you get an opportunity to visit some of the most incredible Buddhist Monasteries. These Buddhist centers are like purifying havens where you can acquire spirituality and find inner peace.

Ancient Monasteries in Ladakh

These monasteries still hold the Buddhist culture and heritage alive in the form of thankas, murals, sculptures, and scriptures. The most exciting aspect of Ladakh Monasteries is their location as most of the monasteries are located on the hilltops in isolation encompassed by the natural backdrop while overlooking the settlements below.

The top monasteries of Ladakh are Hemis Monastery, Thiksey Monastery, Diskit Monastery, Likir Monastery, Spituk Monastery, Stakna Monastery, Alchi Monastery, Phyang Monastery, takthok Monastery, etc.

4. Witness the spellbinding sunset over the beautiful shimmering waters of the Tsomoriri Lake

Tsomoriri Lake in Ladakh is a high altitude mountain lake, beautifully located in a secluded breathtakingly charming Rupshu Valley. The lake is surrounded by barren hills, with the backdrop of beautiful snow-covered mountains. Tsomoriri Lake is a twin to the famous Pangong Lake, but with a much lesser crowd. This beautiful lake also makes for an impeccable stargazing sight. Even though you might feel tempted to include Tso Moriri in your trip to Leh Ladakh. Ladakh guided travel packages will ensure to offer the best tour itinerary to cover the most interesting places in Ladakh.

5. Unlock some of the most exotic hidden destinations in the Himalayas

Ladakh is well-known for its large number of glaciers, some of whom are near impossible to overcome. These humongous mass of frozen snow, feed many rivers in India and the subcontinent. A chance to visit these glaciers could transform your journey into a cherished expedition. Apart from glaciers, Ladakh is also famous for its Himalayan passes. Experience the adrenaline rush as you ride over the highest motorable civilian pass; Khardung La Pass. The Khardungla Pass and Chang La Pass offer panoramic sights of such exquisiteness and mystique that is far from imagination.

6. Lose yourself in the unearthly beauty of Nubra Valley 

Nubra Valley in Ladakh

Wish to experience the ride of double-humped camels? The Nubra Valley is the place that awaits you with its dunes and camels. There are sand dunes, orchard, monasteries, a ruined palace and a whole different culture to discover.  This high altitude valley in the tranquil region of Leh – Ladakh serves as the ideal place for the finest serene trekking routes as well as a few ancient Buddhist monasteries, Nubra Valley in Ladakh has something for everybody.  It is necessary for a tourist to acquire certain permits for entering, and Overseas Holidays takes care of all these permits for you and makes sure you have the most comfortable stay.

7. Experience a slice of culture and history

Culture and History of Ladakh

Leh-Ladakh is not only famous for its enchanting beauty but also boasts of being rich in culture, and tradition. It is an ideal place for experiencing the history that is different from other parts of the country. This place houses countless ancient monasteries, museums, palaces, festivals, lip-smacking cuisine, beautiful distinct clothes, language and friendly locals which compels tourists to visit Ladakh. Ladakhis celebrate various festivals: Hems Tse-Chu, Dosmoche, Losar, Sindhu, Darshan, Tak-Tok, etc.

We, at Leh tourism, have well designed Ladakh Tour packages to give you the best experience and gives you an opportunity to come across the best of the culture of the region.

Leh Ladakh a destination with adventure sports like Rishikesh or Manali where you can experience adventure sports like bungee jumping, paragliding, river rafting or cliff climbing lets you discover your wild side whilst the mountains and hill stations of Manali, Ooty allow you to connect with nature by offering serenity and peace, the mesmerizing sight of sunset or the warm yet cool sunrise make the hill stations and mountains, even more, appealing further adding to the already lush/ green biome and the cool and/chilly weather it offers. There is something special about mountains that puts them on the top ranks in everybody’s travel diaries and wish-lists. And one name that certainly belongs to that list is Leh-Ladakh.

Everybody has some ‘must visit once’ place in their list of places and leh-Ladakh is a popular name for that and this is why we are going to discuss everything about this place because surely, many of you might be scratching your heads, thinking what is so special about Leh-Ladakh that it’s a place most travelers aspire of visiting at least once in their lifetime.
image of tiger hill

Leh Ladakh tour packages have, of late, become very popular among travelers of all age groups and travel tastes. In a nutshell, everything that makes Mountains so special is even better at leh Ladakh but that is not all and there are a lot of other reasons which add up to make the experience unmatchable. Everything from best time to travel this city, best places to visit in leh Ladakh, how to get the cheapest leh Ladakh tour packages, what is the best food and where to get it and so on. Anything that would constitute in making the most out of your leh Ladakh holiday package will be covered in this long article. So, grab a drink, and sit tight as we go along the discussion. So without further ado, let us get started.

About Leh-Ladakh

Ladakh, popularly called ‘The Land Of High Passes’, extends from the Kunlun mountain range to the main Great Himalayas to the south. It is home to the people of Indo-Aryan and Tibetan descent. Ladakh region is divided into two districts Leh in the east and Kargil to the west. As mentioned, the major inhabitants of these districts are Tibetan people and Buddhism is a major religion that is practiced here. Ladakh is highly renowned for its mountainous splendor and not to forget a hospitable culture.
image of diskit monastery
Whereas, Leh is a town in the Leh district of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. It was the capital of the Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh, seated at the Leh palace, the former mansion of the royal family of Ladakh. The cold desert of Leh is the second largest district of the country with an expanse of more than 45000 km2 and is second only to another beautiful dessert which is the Kutch in Gujarat. Leh temperatures reach below freezing point in winters, the lowest temperature recorded in Leh was minus 23 degrees Celsius. In around the month of July, Leh experiences the highest temperature of 17.4 degrees Celsius.

One key attraction that rises from the Buddhist influence is the presence of Monasteries. These monasteries are centers that house a rare, beautiful and rich Buddhist relic and are easily top picks for the most beautiful places in Ladakh due to their location on top of hills. Sparse population, culture, and lifestyle has become the major attraction over the years for the tourists and has played a major economic role for the Leh Ladakh tourism. Most of the destinations to visit in this area are located at a height of over 10,000 feet above sea level. So, one of the first important things to be prepared for, during the trip should be acclimatization.

How to reach Leh Ladakh?

Leh Ladakh is amongst the highest motorable places but that doesn’t take away the connectivity to this place. It is well connected to major Indian cities via all three modes of transport i.e. Rail, Road and Air.
  1. By Rail: The nearest Railway station to Leh is located 708kms away which is Jammu Tawi. You can easily get a Taxi or a Bus service which would take around 15 hours to arrive at your destination.
  2. By Air: Kushok Bakula Rimpochee is the highest situated airport in the country at 3256m from the sea level and is well connected to major cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Jammu, and Srinagar. For an international traveler, arriving at one of the connected major city would be the first step to reach this destination
  3. By Road: Most of the travel stories you had heard about Leh Ladakh would be from road travelers as the best experience for this trip would be gathered on the wheels. Whether you choose the Manali-Leh highway or the Srinagar-Leh Highway, either way, you will be delighted by some of the most picturesque views you will come across along the journey. Before you start the trip, do make sure to get your vehicle ready and fit to be driven around these passes, otherwise, you are better off renting a bike where you have a plethora of options to choose from. Rather it has kind of become a culture to go on a bike trip to leh Ladakh among frequent travelers.
    image of chang la pass

The Best time and the Best places to visit Leh Ladakh

One trip might not be enough to experience all the beauty which is trapped in the womb of Leh Ladakh. This cold desert stretches very long into the mountainous region and has a variety of categories of places to visit from lakes to glaciers to mountain passes to temples. For the trek lovers, this place is the closest place to heaven on earth. One of the most unique characteristics of the journey is that there is not a lot of specific destinations to visit as your journey is your destination.

 

Happy Romantic Honeymoon

Honeymoon is the best moment of a person’s life. This is the last step of love. Ladakh is known for its breathtaking beauty. You can visit a magnetic hill, Nubra valley sand dunes, Pangong lake. You will cover lakes, mountains, and deserts. If you are adventurous, you can do biking with your wife around leh which will make your honeymoon more memorable. Besides that, you can do rafting, camel safari, ATV rides, etc.

This is a good way to tell your life partner how much you love him. Love and happiness are inexhaustible. To make it the most beautiful experience of life, a honeymoon plan should be prepared properly. This activity enhances intimacy and loves between couples and thus, strengthens them. Couple’s own best romance can only happen when there are side effects such as place and surroundings, light, decoration, etc. There is a lot of impact on the environment or surrounding emotions and romance. Careful planning should be made about honeymoon planning. Here are some tips that can help you plan a romantic delightful honeymoon.

Best time to visit June to October

Leh Ladakh is a very exotic and beautiful place and it is best for honeymoon. Ladakh can be visited the whole year but during June, it is the best time. You’ll find mesmerizing snowcapped mountains with breathtaking weather which would trust me to blow your mind completely and makes you feel out of the world and if you are seeking any help you can contact us.

This amazing honeymoon destination is loaded with places to surprise the couples as it’s the most beautiful region in all of Ladakh this valley in the plateau separated the range of Ladakh from the range of Karakoram. While on a honeymoon to this offbeat beautiful destination do not forget to explore these places together.

1. Khardung La Pass

It the highest motorable road in the world and is the only road access to the Nubra valley, so the thrilling adventurous honeymoon trip stars before reaching the valley. This pass is also popularly known as the K-Top and is 18,380 ft. above sea level.

2. Diskit Village

It’s an administrative center of Nubra valley and is located at an altitude of 10,310 ft. (3,144m) above sea level. This is the best place for a honeymoon. At this village is located an extremely beautiful Diskit monastery which is 350 years old that houses a Maitreya Buddha statue, drums, paintings and etc. the architecture purely reflects the Tibetan culture and style.

3. Ensa Gompa

Both of you like trekking if your answer is a big yes then take up an interesting six-hour trek to reach Ensa Gompa that is a 250-year-old monastery from Panamik village. The monastery is beautifully situated on the top of a rock that overlooks the snowcapped mountains. Adore the beautiful Buddhist murals that are the main attraction of the place.

4. Panamik

It’s a village that is situated at the final frontier of India and at its outskirts is situated a popular hot water spring that is located at an altitude of 3183 m above sea level. The water in the spring is said to be curative as the chemicals like sulfur and etc. are present in it. Go for a picnic with your partner or trek down to the river bridge at Hargam.

5. Yarab Tso Lake

It’s one of the sacred lakes that is almost 15 km away from Diskit in the Nubra valley. It’s exactly located in the Sumur village and the only way to reach here by trekking through. It’s ideal for couples to explore it’s as it’s amazingly captivating. It’s one of the most pretty lakes you should visit when you plan a honeymoon tour.

Top 10 Hotels in Srinagar

Srinagar, the capital city of the state Kashmir is viewed as the most delightful urban communities in India. Known for rich green valleys, dark blue lakes and crystal white ski slopes, this spot is broadly prominent among tourists. While summer season is viewed as the best time to visit Srinagar, ski slopes of Gulmarg offer world-class skiing facilities in winter. Many of us would have heard the parents doing the words of their visit to Kashmir and today even Srinagar is considered to be the main center of natural attraction. If you are also planning to travel to Srinagar, then we are bringing to you the top 10 hotels in Srinagar.

1. The Lalit Grand Palace

The Lalit Grand Palace Srinagar is surrounded by the Himalayan mountain range and offers a scenic view of the Dal lake. It adjoins a golf course and is close to the international airport. The Lalit Grand Palace Srinagar operates 113 palace rooms and suites, including 10 cottages and offers over 4,000 square feet of banqueting space. The Lalit Grand Palace Srinagar operates three restaurants, The Chinar (which includes The Alfresco), The Chinar Garden and the Dal Bar.
No. of rooms 113
Location: Gupkar Road Srinagar
Contact No. 0194-2501001
Website: http://www.thelalit.com/the-lalit-srinagar/

2. Vivanta Dal View

Celebrate a new high in the valley. Vivanta Dal View, Srinagar delights you with a nice new buzz that makes it high spot of style in the valley. Drive in just 20 km from Srinagar International Airport and find delightful backseat surprises (we’re not revealing here) along the way. As the road winds up to the main entrance check out the stunning views around every bend. And these change with the seasons. Get a bird’s eye view of the spring-summer magical bloom of the Tulip Gardens, the snow-capped peaks of the Zabarwan range in winter, Gulmarg range in spring and the golden glow of the Chinars in autumn.

Location: Kralsangri, Brein, Srinagar
Contact No. 0194-2501001
Website: https://vivanta.tajhotels.com/en-in/dal-view-srinagar/

3. Four Points by Sheraton

The first international hospitality venture in the valley, where timeless classics are woven with modern details, Four Points offers guests what matters most to stay comfortable and connected on the road, located in the most secure area in town. The property offers state of the art 30 Traditional King Rooms, 4 Traditional Twin Rooms, 12 deluxe rooms, 2 Junior Suites and 4 executive suites.

Location: Badami Bagh Cantonment, Sonwar, Srinagar
Contact No. 0194-2501001
Website: http://trumboogroup.com/hotels/

4.Dar-Es-Salam

Many a times people travel with certain holiday expectations and motivations but their experience turns out to be very generic or ordinary. We at Hotel Dar-Es-Salam, beleive in providing our customers with an experience full of uniqueness and personalized service. The hotel has 14 elegantly appointed double rooms-including two suites-all luxuriously furnished with attached private bathrooms.The hotel is centrally heated making it a prefered hotel in the early spring, autumn and winter months.

Location: Nandpora, Rainawari,, Srinagar
Contact No. 0194 242 7803
Website: http://www.hoteldaressalam.com/

5.Fortune Resort Heevan

Set in the picturesque valley of Srinagar with a magnificent view of the Zabarwan Mountains, Fortune Resort Heevan is a wonderful blend of traditional Kashmiri architecture with new-age conveniences. Fortune Resort Heevan, Srinagar offers 39 beautifully furnished rooms with an excellent range of modern guest facilities, landscaped gardens and a wide selection of culinary venues; which makes this resort in Srinagar an ideal retreat to experience the charm of Kashmir amidst warm Fortune hospitality.

No. of rooms 40
Location: Gupt Ganga Nishat, Srinagar
Contact No. 0194-2463892/9419484652
Website: https://www.fortunehotels.in/fortune-resort-heevan-srinagar.dh.51

6.RK Sarovar Portico

RK Sarovar Portico, Srinagar, is located alongside Gupkar Road, next to United Nation Base at Sonwar in Srinagar. This Srinagar hotel is known for its happy and mesmerizing surrounding painted with high mountains and lush trees. The beauty of Srinagar is imbibed very well in the royal architecture of the hotel, still maintaining all the modern facilities that will ensure that your stay remains comfortable and you make happy memories with your loved ones. This plush hotel in Srinagar also offers an array of restaurants and banquet halls to make your stay truly appreciable.

No. of rooms 51
Location: Next To United Nations Head Office, Srinagar
Contact No. 8713900394/ 7006996699
Website: http://www.sarovarhotels.com/srinagar-hotels/r-k-sarovar-portico

7.Lemon Tree Hotel 

Lemon Tree Hotel, Srinagar is conveniently located just 30 minutes from the airport. The vibrant hotel designed in traditional Kashmiri style architecture, with classic wood frontages, stain glass windows, carved eaves, and wooden sloping roofs add a unique charm to the aesthetically designed interiors of the hotel. a warm lobby and an intricately carved walnut staircase usher you into 37 stylish and spacious rooms furnished with embroidered fabric and Kari-kalamdani handicrafts, along with smart in-room amenities, refreshing services and a close to home comfort.

No. of rooms 37
Location: 193 BB Cantt Shivpora Srinagar Jammu and Kashmir, 190004
Contact No. 0194 246 7328
Website: https://www.lemontreehotels.com/srinagar-hotels.aspx

8.Rose Petal

Hotel Rose Petal is situated in posh locality of Srinagar, across the banks of the famous Jehlum river and right next to the Joggers Park. The Srinagar-Jammu transportation hub offering connection to all parts of the state is just a 10-minute walk away.

No. of rooms 35
Location: Rajbagh, Srinagar
Contact No. 01942310206/ 9070333671
Website: https://www.rosepetal.co/

 9.CH2 Hotel

Set Amidst The Picturesque Zabarwan Mountains Of Kashmir Valley, Hotel CH2 Matches Up To The Grandeur Of Its Majestic Surroundings, Giving You One Of The Finest Blends Of The Valley’s Aura Along With Modern Sophisticated Services. A Hotel Whose Every Single Aspect Has Been Thought Fully And Precisely Created, So As To Give You An Unparalleled Experience. An All-Inclusive Place Where, Guests Enjoy A Uniquely Encompassing Experience Of Luxury, Undisturbed Tranquillity And Carefree Exhilaration In Extraordinary Surrounding Locations Of Beautiful Dal Lake , Splendid Mughal Gardens Which Are Just A Few Kilometres Away.

No. of rooms 37
Location: National Highway 1D, Opp Guzarwaan Mohalla, Sonwar Bagh
Contact No. 090864 40500
Website: http://hotelch2.com/

10.Radisson Srinagar

For a home away from home in the Himalayan mountains, reserve a restful room or suite at Radisson Srinagar. After arriving at Srinagar International Airport (SXR), head north and cross the Jhelum River to reach our welcoming hotel via MA Road. If you are famished from a long flight, sit down to a gourmet meal at our all-day dining restaurant, Café Tulip. You can use our free Wi-Fi to research which area attractions you’d like to see or ask our front desk for recommendations. Srinagar is filled with serene gardens and beautiful temples, and no trip to the City of Lakes would be complete without setting sail on Dal Lake aboard a wooden shikara.

No. of rooms 88
Location: 11, Maulana Azad Road, Srinagar
Contact No. 0194 248 4000
Website: https://www.radisson.com/jammu-kashmir-hotel-in/indrsng

 

 

 

 

A Complete Guide

Every biker, irrespective of the gender, dreams of going on a Leh Ladakh bike trip once in their lifetime. While they dream of a flawless journey, the reality does come into contact with a lot of shortcomings. Having understood that bikers are bound to stumble upon a few barriers on a rugged landscape like that of Leh and Ladakh, we’ve put in our best efforts to collate every information in this blog that will help them encounter any such difficulties on the way.

About Leh Ladakh Bike Trip

The old saying “there’s beauty everywhere, all you have to do is just look around” is true to the core when it comes to the mesmerizing Leh Ladakh travel. Offering scenic vistas of one of the a trip to Leh Ladakh India is all about the feel of snow-clad mountains, rugged landscape, soaring peaks, dangerous routes, and roaring bike engines. In short, going on a Ladakh bike tour is all about the good vibes and the undying spirit of a rider.

Best Time To Visit Leh Ladakh On A Bike Trip

The best time to go on a bike trip to Leh Ladakh is from the months of June to September. These months enable the bikers to enjoy the best of Ladakh, as much as they enjoy their bike trip to Lahaul & Spiti. However, most of the riders love to kick-start their new year with this crazy bike trip as Ladakh offers magical vistas which can be cherished round the year except for monsoon season.

Ideal Duration For A Bike Trip

Depending on a lot of factors like the route you’ve taken, your entire schedule, and mainly the weather conditions, an ideal duration for a Leh Ladakh bike tour would span over a period of 15 days or more. Also, this duration is apt when one opts for Manali to Leh bike trip from Delhi.

Leh Ladakh Trip Cost

A lot depends on the vehicle you are selecting for your journey and the Leh Ladakh road trip cost would also vary on the accommodation and kind of food you choose to eat. Still, an average budget can be arrived upon considering basic factors such as accommodation, meals, and fuel. Hence, under normal circumstances, you will end up spending approximately INR 35000 for a trip to Leh Ladakh on bike for 15-days. This also includes the cost of permits and miscellaneous expenses for the Leh Ladakh bike trip.

Best Bikes For Leh Ladakh Bike Trip

Talking about the first things first, every biker must give his or her total attention to their first love, which is their bike. One must be very careful and picky when it comes to choosing their Leh Ladakh road trip bike. So whenever you’re choosing a bike for any road trip, make sure you go for suitability more than popularity. Consider it one of the most vital aspects of your Leh Ladakh trip plan!

Opting for the kind of bikes that one can easily handle and are easy to maintain, has always proven to be safe, and helpful for the riders for journeys like Leh Ladakh bike trip. Hence, the five best bikes for Leh Ladakh bike trip are:

  • Royal Enfield – A powerful bike with an engine of either 350 CC or 500 CC is enough to be a lifesaver on road trips.
  • Royal Enfield Himalayan – With a strong engine of 400 CC, Royal Enfield Himalayan will make your ride smooth and hassle-free on any rugged trail and offbeat roads.
  • Bajaj Pulsar – By far, no bike has been a hit in the Indian market when compared to Bajaj Pulsar. Being the most favored bike after the Bullets, Pulsar offers variants of 150CC, 200CC, and 220CC, either of which can be your trustworthy partner on any of the adventures.
  • KTM Duke – Being a featherweight bike can be advantageous on roads like that of Ladakh. With the series of new engine variants of Duke 390, and Duke 250, KTM can be a good choice for a bike trip to Ladakh too.
  • CBR 250 – This bike from Honda is indeed a stunner except for its Contigo tyres which can be a little tough to handle on Ladakh’s terrain in case of a change in weather. On the bright side, if the tyres can be replaced, one can put the bike’s torque and fi technology to great use, and a greater purpose.

Other bikes that the association of bike rentals in Ladakh has taken into consideration are that of Yamaha Fazer, Bajaj Vikrant, Yamaha FZ, and Hero Impulse. Though these bikes are not so heavy on the engine, they can surely pick up some speed (without breaking any rules) on the go.

Bike Rentals

No bike. No worries. The bike rentals at Delhi and Manali are ever willing to offer you a ride on rent provided you submit all the required documents. In Delhi, Karol Bagh is the hub from where you can rent a bike for INR 900 per day. All you have to submit is a valid photo id proof, your driving license, INR 10,000 as the security deposit, and a consent letter from your parents in case you’re still under 25, and you are all set for a bike trip to Leh Ladakh from Delhi.

Best Leh Ladakh Bike Trip Route

Considering Delhi as a base for the Ladakh trip by bike, Srinagar to Leh and Manali to Leh are the two main routes that offer the best road conditions and picturesque views. While the first route doesn’t overlap and forms a complete circle from end to end, the second route encircles the rugged mountainous landscapes, offers better views, increases the level of difficulty, and the level of danger.

Basic Expenditure On Leh Ladakh Bike Trip

Petrol

Keeping petrol as the priority for a bike trip, at an average, you’ll be covering a distance of 3500 kilometers. Of all the bikes that have been considered, the average mileage is that of 35 kilometers per liter. This means that you’ll be needing somewhere around 100 litres of petrol for which, you will roughly need an amount of INR 7000 to INR 8,000.

Accommodation

There are a lot of budget hotels in Ladakh wherein one can find easy accommodation options within the range of INR 500 to INR 2,500 per person, on a double-sharing basis, and including taxes (as per booking.com).

Places To Visit On Leh Ladakh Bike Trip

Wondering what all attractions to cover on your Leh Ladakh bike trip? Plan your itinerary around these best places to visit in Ladakh.

1. Pangong Tso

Popularly known as the Pangong Lake, this natural marvel set in the lap of Ladakh is a must visit tourist attraction on your Leh Ladakh bike trip. Located in the heart of Himalayas, the lake stretches at a distance of about 134 kilometers offering scintillating views in sync with the rustic mountains. The lake is so gigantic that sixty percent of lake’s length lies in China making it one of the largest lakes in Asia.

2. Namgyal Tsemo Gompa

Much famed to be one of the famous monasteries in Ladakh, Namgyal Tsemo Gompa or Namgyal Tsemo Monastery is located right in the heart of Leh district. It is believed that Ladakh’s King Tashi Namgyal founded the monastery in 1430, that serves as a home to the famous golden statue of Maitreya Buddha. You can even have a glance of it from the top of Leh Royal Palace. If you are staying in the town of Leh, this is one of the best places to visit nearby.

3. Zanskar Valley

Hues of soothing blue and beautiful brown can only be witnessed at the famous Zanskar Valley which is surrounded by the massive snow-clad peaks on all sides. One visit to the bustling Valley is sure to leave you charmed forever. In winters, the river gets frozen giving adventurers a chance to do the famous ‘Chadar Trek’ where people walk over the frozen ice for days.

Things To Do On Leh Ladakh Bike Trip

If you want to get high on adrenaline, these are some of the exhilarating things you should consider doing on your Leh Ladakh bike trip.

4. Experience The Magic Of Nubra Valley

Serenity is what strikes one’s mind on reaching the renowned Nubra Valley. The valley is popularly known as “the valley of flowers” referring to the beautiful and colorful blooming flowers that are worth a visit to the Nubra Valley. It is one of the best found treasures of Ladakh that you must definitely visit on your bike trip to Ladakh.

5. Find Solace At The Shanti Stupa

Perched atop a hill, the famous Shanti Stupa is set at an elevation of whooping 4267 meters. Offering panoramic views of Leh, it is a must for the bikers to witness either sunrise or a stunning sunset from the Shanti Stupa. It is one of the best places to find peace and tranquility. The stupa is blessed to be located amidst wondrous surroundings of nature. You may also find relics of old Buddhism culture inside the shrine.

6. Test Your Riding Abilities At The Khardung La

Any biker who is planning a trip to Leh already has the ride to Khardung La on his list. Set at a heart-wrenching height of 18,379 ft. and located at a distance of about 40 kilometers from Leh, Khardung La Pass is one of the most dangerous motor-able roads in India. Challenging the bikers and the drivers in the face, your Leh Ladakh bike trip is incomplete without experiencing a ride through the “Pass of Lower Castle”.

Must Experiences

Don’t say you have visited Leh Ladakh unless you have had all these experiences on your bike trip. Every person visiting the region must strike these off their lists.

7. Royal Leh Palace

Considered to be a gem in the heart of Ladakh, the 17th-century royal Leh Palace was built by the famous King Sengge Namgyal. Standing tall at a height of about 9 stories, you can soak in the natural beauty of Leh’s whole town, Stok Kangri, Zanskar ranges, and Indus Valley from the roof of this elegant yet rugged palace.

8. Magnetic Hill

Feel the pull of nature and adventure at Magnetic Hill, a sorcery of nature. Magic and Magnetic Hill go hand in hand. Encircled by the Sindhu river on all sides, Magnetic Hills rise to a height of about 14,000 ft. and possess a unique kind of magnetic force that pulls the bikes and cars uphill. Sounds magical, isn’t it? Try it for yourself!

9. Drass Valley

Famous for its natural hot springs that are blessed with medicinal benefits, Drass Valley is located in the heart of Kargil district, Jammu & Kashmir. Renowned to be the second coldest inhabited region in the world, Drass Valley strikes a perfect balance between the lush greens, soothing blues, and bold browns. The stark contrast of nature in the valley of Dras will make your jaw drop to the floor. Pay your homage to Indian soldiers at Kargil.

What To Pack

Going on a bike trip is like hard-core backpacking through the roughest of mountains. It is an adventure trip to Ladakh which needs packing to be light yet all the basic requirements need to be carried along.

  • An intelligent head on strong shoulders is a matter of life and death for everyone. Hence, carry a sturdy helmet and put it to use all the time while you’re riding.
  • Valid photo identity proofs and not to forget your driving license.
  • One or two leather jackets are a must to glide through wind and beat the breeze.
  • Carry sweatshirts, tees, jeans, shorts, shirts, tracks, inner-wear, socks, towels, handkerchiefs, and other clothing items that you may feel necessary.
  • Carrying an extra pair of sturdy trekking shoes or leather boots will keep you away from cold feet.
  • Match your shoes with an extra pair of gloves.
  • Riding goggles to protect your eyes.
  • It is a must to carry a first-aid kit for yourself and a tool-kit for your bike.
  • You’ll be equipped with GPS for sure but then carry a physical map for better navigation and clear routes.
  • Charger, power banks, bluetooth headset, batteries for backup, etc. are few other necessities to carry.
  • Keep a torch with you, even if you think you don’t need it. You never know when a need may arise.
  • A good-quality camera would be a necessity too to capture the breathtaking landscapes.
  • Carry a Swiss Army Knife for self-defense since traveling on a bike increases the level of danger automatically.
  • Camping tents, cooking utensils, sleeping bags, and other camping equipment can be easily rented whereas one can carry them as per their level of comfort.
  • Carry basic toiletries of toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo sachets (to save a little space and easy disposability), face wash, liquid soap, moisturizer, cold creams, etc.
  • Last but not the least, carry loads of sunscreen with maximum SPF to protect your skin from direct sunlight.

Tips For Leh Ladakh Bike Trip

It is believed that rules are meant to be broken and some of you may get the feeling of “your life, your rules” but then it is not at all advised to go on a bike trip with a wrong attitude.

  • Breaking the rules on one of the most dangerous and highest motorable roads can be dangerous as death itself. Hence, for your own sake and safety, abide by the rules and follow them wisely.
  • If you’re taking the route of Manali to Leh, it is recommended to carry extra jars of petrol apart from the full-tanks as there are only two petrol pumps on this route. On the contrary, the route from Srinagar to Leh has plenty of petrol pumps.
  • It is advisable that you learn how to change a bike tyre in case your bike suffers any punctures. For the rest of the times, one can find many mechanics along the way on both the routes.
  • Carry necessary medicines with you in case you, your partner, or your friends with whom you’re traveling suffer from altitude sickness.
  • It is important to note that Leh only has connectivity from the leading operators of Airtel, BSNL, & Aircel. Riders who don’t have these connections do not have any other choice other than standing in the long queues of over-crowded STD booths or getting a connection from one of the above-mentioned operators.
  • Though there are several ATMs at Leh, carry enough cash with you as the ATM you’ll find on Manali to Leh route is at Keylong.
  • Applying for an Inner Line Permit will only cost you INR 200 and will give you an access to remote places like that of Tso Moriri, Chushul, Merak, Loma, Mahe, Hanle, and more. One can apply and get this permit from the Deputy Commissioner’s office in Leh from 9 am to 3 pm.

And that’s a wrap from us. Also, other than the bike tours, one can also explore this natural marvel by customizing amazing Ladakh tour packages. As you embark on your journey, we hope you enjoy a safe and sound bike trip to Leh Ladakh.

Cheers!

Frequently Asked Questions About Leh Ladakh Bike Trip

Q: How far is Ladakh from Leh?

A: Ladakh is a region in Jammu and Kashmir that has been divided into two districts; Leh and Kargil. Leh is the capital of Ladakh, a land of high mountain passes.

Q: Is Leh and Ladakh same?

A: Leh is a district in Ladakh. So, they are not same.

Q: Which is the coldest month of Leh?

A: The coldest month in Leh is January when the temperature plummets down to lower than -15 degrees Celsius.

Q: What is famous in Leh Ladakh?

A: In terms of attractions, Nubra Valley, Magnetic Hill, Zanskar River, Pangong Lake and monasteries are famous in Leh Ladakh. Pashmina Shawl and traditional Tibetan items make for perfect souvenirs.

Q: What should I buy in Leh?

A: Buy pashmina Shawl, Mandala art and drawings, Tibetan handicrafts and handloom, silver jewellery are some of the things you should consider buying on your Leh trip.

Visit leh ladakh once in a lifetime – 10 Reason

A destination that will always remain etched in a traveller’s mind, Ladakh is not just another destination BUT is a crosscut to a landscape that is a slice of solitude on Earth. You might be a skeptic traveller who is still worried about visiting Ladakh because of its altitude and remote location but who knows ONE DAY your elderly neighbor with his grand children in tow comes and knocks on your door and says, ‘Son!!! I’ve got 10 good reasons why you must visit Ladakh now or never.’

1.  Firstly, for its sweeping scenic beauty

Leh Ladakh‘Enclosed in between the Himalayan and Karakoram mountain ranges, the Ladakh region is a highland that is layered in spectral of red, orange, brown, green, and grey with large crystal blue water bodies. The rugged landscape under the stark blue sky, aligned by snow crested peaks and some lush green patches of vegetation along the valleys formed by the perennial streams together make for a surreal scenic beauty. So if you are still thinking that Ladakh is just a barren landscape… I’m afraid, you are going to miss the shelter in heaven. ‘

2.  Secondly if you are FOODIE then it’s for the smacking momos and Thukkpas

Leh Ladakh Food‘I know you must have tried out both momos and thukkpas out here in the city at some Indo-Tibetan restaurant or at any edge eateries… BUT out there in the mass of indigenous Indo-Tibetan sphere you will just relish each bite of momos and slurp of thukkpa. Just imagine that there is a mystical spice hidden in the valleythat top-ups the steamy momos to a lip smacking snack… and lashing of red chilli in the bowl of thukkpa will just counteract the chilly and dry winds ensuing a great solace.’

3. Thirdly, for the vibrant and indigenous festivals

Ladakh Festivals‘You might have read or heard about the indigenous culture of the Indo-Tibetans… about their lifestyle, rituals and festivals. Man!!! I bet it will be a pleasure to your eyes if you are visiting Ladakh during the auspicious festivals of Losar, Hemis, Naro Nasjal, Kalachakra, Dosmoche, Tak, and phyang. These festivals are not just vibrant and unique in their own ways, but if you trigger the traveller inside you… you will find a sensational vibe of ritual that drives away the evil spirit. And if you can’t trigger that out, you have got to capture and enjoy the drama performance, which is a fusion of drums and trumpets, and thumping steps of the masked Lamas.’

4. Now it’s time to let yourself loose in the barren panorama

Ladakh Natural Beauty‘So, when you can afford your sound health to that altitude then why not to spend a bit more and explore the barren and rugged beauty that is dispersed throughout the region.  It is a region where you can breathe in some fresh air… let go all the weariness and explore the untraceable landscape of Ladakh.

5. If you want to limber up your photography skills

Ladakh Photography‘The mountainscapes, desertscapes and riverscapes… altogether offers a wonderful scenic frame to limber up your photography skills. So you have got a chance to click countless candid moments. Not to miss moments are the heavenly horizons, unplugged landscapes, wildlife, culture and sparkling blue lakes.’

“One day I will go on a trekking trip to Ladakh.” Surely, this one sentence is always on the mind and tongue of every traveler as there can be no better way to explore the scenic heaven called Ladakh than to embark on a trekking expedition. But every now and then the idea of going on Ladakh trekking expedition is consumed by fire as exploring its hidden treasures would take good 15-20 days. And taking such a long break from our professional commitments can be really tough. However, the idea of our dream vacation keeps on resurrecting meaning somewhere like a phoenix. But this time take care of your dreams and don’t let it turn to ashes in your mouth. I have come up with a list of the best treks in Ladakh that can be covered over a week-long break. So, have a look at them and quench your undying thirst for adventure.

1. Saboo to Khalsar Trek

Saboo to Khalsar Trek

Regarded as easy to moderate, the trek from Saboo village to Khalsar via Digar will give you the best and shortest introduction of Ladakh’s culture and its scenic beauty. During this six to five day’s bumpy trek, you can see the sacred monasteries; meet and greet the local people, and get to know about their lifestyle little better. The trek commences from the mesmerizingly beautiful Saboo Village. From Saboo, you will trek to Saboo Phu and then to Digar Village, from where you can see the stunning view of Stok and Karakoram range. Further, you will trek to the east side to reach the Shyok Valley, which leads to Khalsar on the Leh-Panamik road. The last destination of the trek is Diskit.

Altitude: 5300m

Duration: 5 – 6 days

Route: Saboo – Digar – Chumik Yogma – Rongjok – Khalsar – Deskit

Best Time to Visit: Mid-June to September

Highlights: Digar village, Chumik Yogma, Shyok Valley, Khardung Village

Grade: Moderate

2. Saspotse to Skuru Trek

Hunder Village

When it comes to the thrilling treks that can take you to a spine-tingling journey in the shortest period then surely, definitely and certainly Saspotse to Skuru Trek would be the best contender. This action-packed week long trek commences with a 65-kilometer long drive cutting and running through the intervening valleys and mountain ranges further accompanied by Indus valley throughout the journey. The trek commences at Saspotse village, just behind Likir and passes through Phyang, Lasermo high camp, Drok Yokma, Hunder Drok, and Hunder. Your journey will end at Nubra Valley, a wonderland known for sand dunes, monasteries, a ruined palace and a whole different culture (Balti) to discover.

Altitude: 5100m

Duration: 6 – 7 days

Route: Phyang – Lasermo high camp – Drok Yokma – Hunder Drok – Hunder

Best Time to Visit: Mid-June to September

Highlights: Nubra Valley, Khardung La, Shepherds Place, Saspotse village

Grade: Moderate

3. Sham Valley Trek

Sham Valley TrekPeople who are new to trekking, highlight this place in BOLD writers as your start just can’t get better than this. It’s not only easy but also will give you the best introduction to Ladakh’s supernatural beauty and its capability to rejuvenate. Counted amongst the easiest treks in Ladakh and that’s why known as Baby Trek, Sham valley trek is a heady mixture of stunning sceneries and culture. The trekking expedition commences from Likir and ends at Nurla by cutting and running through few highland passes like Phobe La at 3580 meters, Mebtak La at 3750 meters and Tsermangchen La perched at 3750 meters.

Altitude: 3750 m

Duration: 7 days

Route: Likir – Yangthang – Hemis Shukapachen – Ang – Temisgam – Nurla

Best Time to Visit: June to October

Highlights: Hemis Shukpachan, Tingmosgam, Ang Village, Apricot Valley

Grade: Easy

4. Lamayuru to Chilling Trek

Hinju village Lamayuru to Chilling Trek

For all those who wants their trekking trip a mixture of the adventure and sightseeing then Lamayuru-Chilling trek is what they’re looking for. The trekking expedition starts from the 11th century Lamayuru monastery, which will further lead to Sham Valley. The movement you will leave Sham Valley, you will see such startling views that closing eyes for a second will be impossible. Further, you will cover destinations like Wanla, Hinju, Sumdha Chenmo and Dudunchen La before finally reaching the beautiful village of Chilling in the Zanskar Valley. This trekking expedition is so beautiful that not even for a single second you would want to close your eyes and leave that beautiful view.

Altitude: 4950 m

Duration: 7 days

Route: Leh – Wanla – Hinju – Sumdo Doksa – Base of Dung Dung Chan la – Chilling

Best Time to Visit: Mid-June – September

Highlights: Shyam Valley, Kongskil La, Dung Dung Chan la, Visit to the monasteries

Grade: Moderate

5. Spituk to Matho Trek

Rumbak Village Spituk to Matho Trek

No other trek can give the better introduction to Ladakh’s wildlife than the Spituk to Matho Trek, which mainly revolves around the Hemis National Park. During this five days trekking expedition, you will see the high-altitude flora and fauna, amazing rock formation, and not to forget the stunning view of the mountains. Commencing from Spituk, the trek passes through the attractions like Zingchen, Rumbak, Mankorma, Stok La, and Matho Phu before reaching Matho La.

Altitude: 4850 m

Duration: 5 days

Route: Leh – Spituk – Rumbak – Matho Phu – Leh

Best Time to Visit: Mid-June – September

Highlights: Hemis National Park

Grade: Easy

Ladakh has been conquering the title of being one of the best trekking places in India for several decades now. And if you are planning for a summer trek between June to October looks like this 2018 is going to be another ideal year to plan it in Ladakh. I mean, if you look at the dramatic landscapes, emerald greens below the snow-capped tops, shimmering high altitude lakes and century old colourful monasteries, you’d completely agree that Ladakh will make some of the best summer adventure trip you’ll cherish for a lifetime. In fact, for trekking enthusiasts, who are constantly finding ways to mount up the peaks but fear the harsh winters of this high altitude destination…Well, this blog will give you a complete insight into some of the best summer trekking tours for 2018, because this warm and sunny season marks the opening of several gorgeous trekking trails. Explore some of the renowned tourist attractions as you escalate the Himalayan summit; adore the lovely village huts; and make good memories hiking in Ladakh surrounded by unparalleled scenic charm. For all I know, this Indian adventure destination will give you an adrenaline rush like never before. So, c’mon let’s take a peek inside what the five summer treks in Ladakh have in store for us.

Stok Kangri Trek: Dive in for an adventure of a lifetime where only the daredevils go

Stok Kangri Trek Base Camp

Altitude: 6,153 metres
Best Time to Visit: Mid-June to Mid-October
Grade: Challenging
Duration: 10 Days
Route: Delhi – Leh – Zingchan – Stok La – Mankorma – Base Camp – Stok Kangri – Base Camp – Stok village – Leh

One of the fascinating places to visit for full-on adventure has to be the infamous Stok Kangri Trek. Calling it infamous, I am stating it to be a rather difficult trek that ascends to 6153 metres making it one of the highest trekkable peaks in India. Seated in the beautiful Leh region, the trek starts from Spituk that is accessible from a scenic drive from Leh. Pass the exquisiteness of natural beauty and culturally affluent city, you’ll traverse steep slopes and fight the intense weather finally tipping the top of Stok Kangri that offers a sight to sigh at the towering peak of K2. Being one of the most strenuous treks in India, the trek route to Stok Kangri has a lot of base camps to acclimate the new air and the beauty of the drastic change in environment.

As you continue your venture to the highest peak of the Himalayan Mountains, you get to also sightsee some important monasteries of Ladakh and the gorgeous Markha Valley. Stok Kangri Trek also traverses charming villages in Ladakh like the Rumbak and Stok Village. Since it is a summer trek, you can expect the weather to be clear and bright, thus, you may also get 360-degree view of the stunning landscape of Saser Kangri and the wide expanse of the two ranges of the Karakoram and the Zanskar on the south. The ultimate thing that makes the trek to Stok Kangri even beautiful is the village homestays where you can get an opportunity to imbibe the Ladakhi lifestyle during the Stok Kangri Trek in Ladakh.

The Nubra Valley Trek: Walk amid the bright and colourful places and pass through one of world’s highest motorable mountain pass

Nubra Valley Trek

Altitude: 5496 metres
Best Time to Visit: Mid-June to Mid-September
Grade: Moderate to Challenging
Duration: 10 Days
Route: Delhi – Leh – Shey – Thiksey – Hemis – Khardung La – Kyagar – Hunder – Skarchen – Brok Yogma – Hunder Valley – Lasermo La – Phyang Valley – Leh – Delhi

Often when thoughts of trekking in Ladakh during summer take over our mind, we stumble upon Nubra Valley. One of the fabulous trekking destinations in Ladakh, Nubra Valley will keep your adventure spirits aflame and there’s no doubt in that! And what’s best is that, this Valley is also suitable if you are trekking with family. During summers, the starting point of the Nubra Valley Trek is Leh, which radiates as a gleeful city. The entire valley blooms offering a spine-tingling sight of the Siachen Glacier from a tiny village of Panamik; the glacier happens to be the highest battlefield on earth and it also houses the natural hot springs (3182 metres). Because this valley is positioned at the northeast part of Diskit Village, between Saltoro and Karakoram Ranges, you’ll be surrounded by beautiful sights, you’re likely to stop for a moment and sigh in wonder. Diskit Gompa where Maitreya Buddha stands tall is the oldest monastery in Nubra Valley that you’ll come across during the trek.

The Nubra Valley Trek traverses the famous motorable pass which is noted to be one of the highest in the world, Khardung La (5602 metres). And it is probably one of the major attractions throughout the trek, besides, it has a long history of trading goods between India, Tibet and Central Asia. The main tourist sights you’ll get to explore while venturing on the Nubra Valley Trek are the Shey Gompa, just 12 kilometres away from the pretty town of Leh further 17 kilometres to Thiksey Gompa. The summer trek will lead you through another famous monastery in the whole of Ladakh, the Hemis Monastery. Shyok River about 550 kilometres from Leh is a sight to see, though beautiful, it is regarded as the river of death. With summer air beckoning the entire region, a trek up to a Hunder Village in Nubra valley will make you jive with joy seeing the rare Bactrian Camel (double-humped). Surrounded by the cold desert that almost looks like a stunning ocean wave is for sure to make the Nubra Valley Trek even better.

Spiti to Ladakh Trek: A way to experience an ultimate thrill that blossoms with the wild flowers during summers

Spiti to Ladakh

Altitude: 5577 metres
Best Time to Visit: June to October
Grade: Moderate to Challenging
Duration: 20 Days
Route: Delhi – Manali – Kaza – Kibber – Dumla – Thaltak – Bongrojen – Parang La – Dak Karzong – Datang Yongma – Chumik Shilde – Kiangdom – Korzok – Gyama – Rajung Karu – Nuruchan – Tso Kar – Tanglang La – Leh – Shey – Thiksey – Hemis -Leh -Delhi

A renowned destination for trekking that offers a complete raw adventure experience is Spiti Valley to Ladakh. Often called out as the ‘The Middle Land’ for being located between Tibet and India, Spiti Valley to Ladakh trek blooms during summers. You’ll for sure embark upon major attractions like the Dhankar Monastery in Kaza and visit old villages like Chichim. Starting from the Himachal’s prime holiday place of Manali, passing the Rohtang La (3978 m) and traces of the silk route, a trading route still used by the nomads of Changthang, you’ll come across some fascinating tree-covered mountain sides that tails you to the desolate hill terrain of Ladakh. Might as well say, this trek is not for the faint-hearted as it passes through isolated regions, exposing the turquoise high altitude lakes of Tso Moriri (4522 m). Nonetheless, you can witness the ancient monasteries of Ladakh and Spiti that are architecturally rich.

This summer trek in the cold desert destinations of Spiti to Ladakh will allow you to step into the Buddhist Kingdom in India and explore some remote villages inhabited by various sects of Indo – Tibetans. By far, this moderate trek in these two similar yet unlike places of Spiti Valley and Ladakh regions are one of the favourite trekking spots among adventurers. Although the journey starts from Delhi/Manali, the actual trek starts from Kibber Village that passes the narrow Parilungbi Gorge and the Parang River. You will be smitten by the beauty of the meadows at Thaltak overlooking the deep gorge. Parang La (5490m) offers a spectacular sight of the Spiti Valley and Changthang Valley continuing to bewilder the venturers by visiting Pare Chu, Datang Yongma and more. The summer trekking trails will take you to some of the serene vicinity of Tso Moriri further offering a sight of the Mt. Lungser Kangri making the entire Spiti to Ladakh Trek a top-notch experience.

 

Altitude: 5090 metres
Best Time to Visit: July – September
Grade: Challenging
Duration: 25 days
Route: Delhi – Manali – Darcha – Palemo – Zanskar – Sumdo – Chuminakpo – Lukung – Kargyak Shi – Purne – Phuktal – Gyalbokh – Raru – Mone – Padum – Karsha – Rinam – Pissu – Hanumil – Purfila – Snertse – Hanumi La – Lingshed – Shinge La – Photoskar – Sir Sir La – Hanupatta – Shilla – Lamayuru – Leh – Delhi

Another renowned trekking spot in Ladakh is the Darcha Lamayuru Trek, and without a doubt, it will fill your thrust to have an ultimate adventure experience in India. This is one of the best treks that will traverse many remote Ladakhi villages and grandiose looking monasteries on the way. Although the trek route starts from the Manali, the actual walk will begin from Darcha, a tiny village seated in a region of Lahaul and Spiti district, leading to Palamo (3825 metres) taking approximately five hours. Besides, a visit to Rohtang La (3,978 metres) is evident from Manali, it is perhaps an unavoidable experience to cherish. From the mountain pass, the trek will guide you to several remote villages and the famous confluence of Chandra and Bhaga in Chenab. The Darcha Lamayuru Trek also passes along the Tsarap River and Lakong river after crossing the 5100 meters Shingo La into the heart of the Zanskar Valley.

Passes through a wide dirt landscape, high altitude quaint villages and mountain passes, this popular Darcha Lamayuru Trek, leads to several narrow tracks to some ancient monasteries like the Phuktal Gompa. This is followed by Padum leading towards Mune where you can explore the Mune Monastery and Bardan Monastery. If you’re lucky, the route to Darcha Lamayuru seldom encounters mountain wild animals like the musk deer or the blue sheep. Further, the trek embarks upon passes like Shingo La (5,090 meters) and Parfi La (3,950 meters). This trekking expedition also requires you to cross some cold rivers like Bhaga, Chandra, Tsarap, Zanskar, Doda and Indus. Witnessing monasteries and gompas and deep gorges, the Darcha Lamayuru Trek also offers religious attractions that you may make it as a short layover at the Gompa of Mani, Bardan, Karsha, Lingshed. Finally Lamayuru where you can take in the beauty of the moonlike landscape ultimately making Darcha Lamayuru Trek one of the best summer trek in Ladakh Himalayas.

Junglam Trek: Experience an ultimate trek that traverses high altitude mountain passes and the dramatic landscape of Ladakh

Jhunglam Trek

Altitude: 5200 metres
Best Time to Visit: July to October
Grade: Challenging
Duration: 14 Days
Route: Delhi – Leh – Shey – Thiksey – Leh – Hemis – Shang Sumdo – Shang Sumdo – Base of Kongmaru La – Langthang Chu – Zalung Karpo La – Tilat Sumdo – North Camp – Chhar Chhar La – Zangla Sumdo – Padum – Kargil – Leh – Delhi

Junglam Trek is one of the best treks for summer in Ladakh and it is considered to be one of the most challenging treks in Ladakh. Junglam Trek requires one to cross Zanskar and the Stok range by traversing ten high altitude mountain passes. Along the rugged trails of Ladakh, the expedition starts from the Leh and the actual trek from Hemis. What makes Junglam Trek so tedious is perhaps it requires the mountaineers to pass through Tilat Sumdo which has a confluence, a small stream meeting Zanskar river. Thus, Junglam Trek is most preferred to venture during summers when the water level is at the lowest making it easier to access to the other point. Tilat Sumdo is also an ideal base camp for treks to Chadar and from here you can see splendid views of the Himalayan Range. The trek will also lead you towards Langthang Chu, further ascending towards Zarlung Karpo La (5050 metres).

The route that leads you across the beautiful and dramatic landscape will guide you through many mountain passes like Kongmaru La, Zalung Karpo La, Chhar Chhar La all offering a spine-tingling sight of the deep and narrow gorges, valleys and great views of the Zanskar River from Zangla Sumdo. Throughout the trek, you’ll cross some of the top tourist destinations that treasure interesting attractions like ancient monasteries, gompas and charming villages. Thiksey Gompa being a renowned sightseeing place, it was known as the summer palace for the kings of Ladakh, you’ll also come across a 12 metre statue of Shakyamuni Buddha inside Dresthang Gompa. An added, so to say a surprising attraction during Junglam Trek would be meeting some wild species lurking amid the cold mountains of Ladakh. The strenuous Junglam Trek truly baffles the first time trekkers and it can be more attractive to trek in the months of September and October.