Located at an altitude of some 9,000 ft, this beautiful land of Leh-Ladakh is bounded two of the world's mightiest mountain ranges the Great Himalaya and Karakoram along with the Ladakh range and the Zangskar range.
Leh-Ladakh region offers some of the most picturesque and challenging treks in North India. Its High Mountain passes are the most important features of trekking in Ladakh. Trekking in the Leh-Ladakh region gives an exciting opportunity to have wonderful views of the snowcapped mountain ranges, lush green valleys, rivers of its amazing landscape. It will also give you a chance to explore the local tradition and culture by visiting many hilly areas.
There are a number of challenging trekking trails in Leh and Ladakh region that passes through many beautiful locations. Before heading for trekking, it is necessary for everyone to collect information regarding the geography, history and climate of the region. For newcomers, it is important to take help of a trekking instructor or guide.
Ideal Time for Trekking in Leh-Ladakh :
Ladakh receives a very low amount of snow and rainfall. Its summer temperature doesn't exceed 27 degrees C while in winters it may drop to minus 20 degrees C. The trekking season in Leh-Ladakh extends from the month of May to October. But the best time of trekking is from June to September as it is during this time that Ladakh remains unaffected by the monsoon.
Popular Trekking Routes in Leh-Ladakh :
Some popular trekking routes are :
Manali Ladakh Trek
Spiti to Ladakh
Markha Valley Trekking
Trekking in Zanskar
Lamayuru Padum Trekking
Ladakh Zanskar Trekking
The Nubra Valley Trekking
Getting to Leh-Ladakh :
By Air - Indian Airlines has daily flights to Leh from Delhi. Flights are also available from Jammu, Srinagar and Chandigarh. Private airlines like Jet also operates daily flights from Leh-Delhi-Leh.
By Rail - The nearest railhead is at Jammu which is linked to other parts of the country by express trains.
By Road - The Srinagar-Leh road is open to traffic from early June to November is the main route to Ladakh. The Jammu and Kashmir State Road Transport Corporation(J&KSRTC) operates regular Deluxe and Ordinary bus services between Srinagar and Leh. Besides, the Manali-Leh road is another route to reach Ladakh. Taxis, jeeps and cars are also available at Srinagar for the journey.