Ladakh

The land so barren and the passes so high, that only the worst of enemies or the best friends would visit this land.. (Ladakhi quote)

Ladakh, nestled between the Himalayan and Karakoram mountain ranges is one of the most magical places on earth. Known as the The land of High Mountain passes or Little Tibet, it averages 3500m in altitude and is one of the most remotely inhabited places on the planet.

The landscape is almost surreal and is breathtaking in its beauty, a land stark in its contrast between barren, brown hills and turquoise lakes surrounded by snow covered mountains. These mountains are home to a people of Tibetan heritage with a rich Buddhist culture evidenced by their many cultural festivals and events.

Ladakh is surrounded by mountain ranges and so is landlocked during the winter season. The only possible way to enter Ladakh during winter is by air. In the summer season Ladakh is accessible by both air and road.

Air: – If you have a short amount of time and are looking for a more comfortable journey, then air travel is the best option.

Road: – If you prefer to view the gorgeous landscape all the way, then we advise you to travel by road which have two alternative routes; via Manali (Himachal Pradesh) and Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir). While keeping all the current situations in mind, we highly recommend you to undertake journey from Manali, which is far shorter and safer from Delhi to Manali and up to Leh. Normally the road opens at the end of May till mid October, but that too is subjected to amount of snowfall during winter in the Himalayan ranges.

Note: – there are daily buses leaving from Delhi to Manali. Duration of 16-17 hours. Once you?E?ll reach Manali, there are both Taxis and buses leaving to Leh daily. If you are in a rush, taxi can help you reach Leh in just a day (16-18 hours), or taxi can be hired to travel leisurely to reach Leh halting all the places where you feel to view landscape or take a break. While bus takes two days with a halt at Serchu for a night, indeed if the bus is in proper shape then it will be comfortable journey.

The valid Indian visa applied from your respective country is all you needed enough to enter Ladakh region. Traveler are required to fill Foreigners Registration Form either at the Airport or at Upshi (via Manali), Drass (via Srinagar). However, if you plan to travel to restricted areas of the Nubra Valley, Tsomoriri Lake, Pangong Lake and Dha-Hanu. You are required to have an inner line permit, which can be easily obtained in Leh within a day.

Ladakh offers wide range of Hotels and Guesthouses, normally run by friendly Ladakhi families. And to delight, there are many restaurants offering Tibetan, Italian, Indian, Korean and continental cuisines. Climate condition

While the rest of the Indian and Nepalese Himalayas are reeling under heavy monsoon rainfall from June through to October, Ladakh is well known for its pleasant, mild weather without rainfall (leeward side of the mountain). Thus, Ladakh is completely suitable for the traveler seeking adventure and leisure in the Himalayas. The approximate temperature and climate are as follows: –

Month Max. Temp Min. Temp Comment
April 20° Celsius -5° Celsius A bit cold in the morning and evening, quite warm during the daytime when the sun is out.
May 20°- 25° C 5°- 10° C Bit cold in the morning and evening but much warmer than April, warm daytime enough to carry treks and other events.
June 20°- 35° C 10°- 15° C From June Ladakh has the most temperate climate in India
July 30°- 35° C 15°- 20° C From mid June Ladakh comes fully alive, with pleasant weather, exotic, beautiful festivals and events awaiting you.
August 30° – 35°C 15° – 20°C More festivals and events will keep you busy
September 20° – 25°C 5° – 10° C A Ladakh festival is the key event this month. The temperature dips a little lower.
October 15° – 20°C 0° – 5° C At the end of this month all activities come to a halt and Ladakh begins its winter hibernation.

Money Exchange

There are many forex agents in Leh and two banks (SBI and J&K). Both SBI and J&K Banks have newly installed ATM machines.

Adventures:

Across Jhunglam
pt_Hemis-Padum-by-the-Zhungla_Jhunglam, which means the middle way in Ladakhi is one of the most adventurous and isolated treks in Ladakh. Far into the mountains through wild and remote valleys the route passes through narrow…Read more

Chilling- Glimpses of Ladakh
Lamayuru_to_Chilling(A)1The valley of Sham, in the lower part of Ladakh, is celebrated for its beauty and richness during the harvest. This trek follows the old caravan route to Lamayuru, which diverges from the Kargil an…Read more

Kharnak
Rupshu-Kharnak-trek2A beautiful trek through a less-frequented area of Ladakh, this route follows the same trail as on the Markha trek for the first 3 days, before entering the high plateau of Changthang, which stretc…Read more

Markha Valley
Markha_Valley_Trek_A1This beautiful trek takes you through ancient Buddhist culture, monasteries and ever changing landscape of Ladakh. Being inaccessible for many months in the winter by snow the area is also home to…Read more

On ancient trails in Zanskar
Lamayuru-to-Darcha(Zanskar)The ancient Buddhist kingdom of Zanskar is hidden deep in the western reaches of the great Himalayas. For most of the year the high passes remain inaccessible because of snow, making the frozen Zan…Read more

Sham- The Apricot Valley
pt_Likir_Tingmosgam_This short trek runs through Sham, the lower part of the Ladakh known as the apricot valley. The trek will give you an opportunity to come across Ladakhi villages and ancient Buddhist Monasteries o…Read more

Tsomoriri- The Land of Nomads
pt_RumtseThe remote land of Changthang (meaning northland in Tibetan) stretches from Tibet to the extreme northwest of the Kunlun Range. This region, known as the land of the nomads, will take you by severa…Read more

 

Kangyatse
pt_kangSituated in Markha valley the summit of Kangyatse provides an opportunity to reach a height of 6200m without technical skills, and 6400 m with basic mountaineering skills. The climb on Kangyatse is…Read more

Stok Kangri
pt_Stok-Kangri-tStok Kangri is one of the most beautiful peaks in Ladakh. By Ladakhis it is called Kanglachan, meaning view of all the mountains. The climb is technically not difficult and requires no special moun…Read more

 

Zanskar River
pt_rafting-tThis is a river adventure like none other. Get ready for sights and sounds of monasteries, drums, fluttering prayer flags, canyons and some of the best whiter water, that are far beyond your dreams…Read more

Mountain biking in Ladakh
There is no better way to explore Ladakh than by mountain bike. Travelling by bike provides a unique opportunity for those who dream of the challenge of a prolonged journey through the snow-capped…Read more

Moutain Biking into Zanskar
The remote land of Changthang (meaning northland in Tibetan) stretches from Tibet to the extreme northwest of the Kunlun Range. This region, known as the land of the nomads, will take you by severa…Read more
FACT FILES

Total Area: 45,110 sq km(17,417 sq mi)

Language:Ladakhi, Tibetan, English, Hindi

Average Altitude:3500 mt.

 

MAP

 

rm_Ladakh_map_enlarged_ok