People love to visit Ladakh due to its fascinating beauty and the highest altitude saltwater lake that is Pangong Tso. But do you know that Ladakh provides rich scope for the attempt of adventure activities amongst landscapes of rugged and breathtaking mountains. The most popular adventurous sport over here is river rafting, trekking, and mountaineering. So today, with this article you will explore all the adventure activities that you can do while visiting Ladakh.
- Things To Do In Ladakh
- Best Season To Visit Ladakh For Trekkers
- Necessities About Trekking At This Place
- Other Options For Mountain Climbers
- Best Season For Mountaineering in Ladakh
Things To Do In Ladakh
Enjoy Trekking in Ladakh
Trekking includes daylong walks, going to mountain slopes to pay a visit to isolated villages, monastic settlements, or to the never-ending passes to enjoy the sheer lunar mountainscapes, or to the trans mountains, which includes weeks of walking, camping. Trekking to Darcha in (Lahaul) from Lamayuru in the Indus valley takes approximately three weeks. Almost all the routes cross the Zanskar range, which cuts across the Indus valley.
The ten days Lamayuru to Padum and the Stok to Khangri are the two most popular treks. The part of the Indus and Shayok is nowadays usable for trekking.
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Go For Shopping in Ladakh
The Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department has arranged shops in Srinagar, Kargil, and Leh where you can shop for insulated ground sheets, rucksacks, sleeping bags, trekking shoes, tow man tents.
Plan For River Rafting in Ladakh
Indus and its tributaries offer you various river rafting options. The stretches are professionally guided between Spituk, Saspol. As soon as you pass Saspol, the river is very rough, and it is very difficult without professionals and skilled participants to handle the pressure. The smoothest stretch is Karu, which is known for training purposes, for the one who attempts river rafting. It is an ideal stretch for scenic floating for visitors.
Recently river rafting in the Indus river has flourished very generously as most of the tourists attempt to try this adventurous water sport. There are many river rafting agencies that offer attractive packages.
Check out Ladakh River Running
River Running is one of the most exciting sports and is located on the Zanskar between Nimo and Padum. This sport is only suitable for the one who is well prepared for many days of river running and halting in camps with no basic facilities in the wild areas. The tourists interested in participating have to be trained rafters, and a professional agency should handle all the arrangements. All the arrangements for the rescue coverage should be made beforehand.
Try Mountain Climbing in Ladakh
The most famous area for mountain climbing is the Nun peak (Himalayan Ranges). The range is easily accessible from the (Kargil-Padum road) and is one of the most beautiful climbing destinations. Advance Booking is made years ahead. The highest summits are Nun (7135m), Kun (7077m).
The nearest area to Leh is (Stok-Kangri Massif) which is located on the south side of Leh. The base camp approximately takes 2 days from Stok village. The highest peak is Stok-Kangri( 6150m); the view from this peak is just spectacular.
Best Season To Visit Ladakh For Trekkers
The traditional season begins from June – mid-October. The localized treks inside the Indus valley are also attempted in May. Some trek routes are worthy only in the autumn as the waterbed becomes a turbulent water stream throughout the summers, for example, 13 days (Hemis-Markha-Padum trek). The gateway to the Zanskar valley during the winter season is frozen; as a result, it is fascinating for the trekkers; this thrilling route is called Chaddar.
If you are interested in trekking, you can ask any tour operators to design a trekking program according to your budget, based at Kargil, Padum, and Leh.
The one planning to go trekking should always take the help of a travel agency as they take care of all the major requirements that include Provisions, Camping gear, Staff, Porterage, etc. If you are planning to buy yourself one, then it is strictly recommended to carry ample fuel from Kargil or Leh and other necessary provisions. As the weather conditions in Ladakh are quite harsh, the habitants are also minimized. Along your way, you can cherish some Tsampa and fresh Yoghurt. Cooking gas and Kerosene should always be kept handy, as you cannot trust the village sources.
As the weather condition at Ladakh is very delicate, the surviving phenomenon depends upon the Lands ecological factor. It is always advised that the trekkers keep the environment clean. Before leaving the camp, one must ensure that no polythene wrappers, other garbage, and plastic containers should be burned, and other things should be buried properly.
Necessities About Trekking At This Place
For trekking at this place, physical fitness is not the only factor, a trekker should always be prepared to fight the over exhausting harsh climate. The weather is always fluctuating day and night, even during the summers. The daytime is pretty hot due to the barren land and the desert effect, and in the evening, the climate lowers down; woolen clothes are also needed at this point in time. It is always recommended to keep an anorak or a pullover handy. A hard pair of shoes with synthetic or rubber soles for a tight grip, a sleeping bag, and thick cotton socks should always be carried. A waterproof tent, cooking gear, and provisions should be carried in case of trekking problems across the Trans Mountains or mountain passes.
First aid kits toiletries should include moisturizers, water-purifying tablets, Lip salve, sunscreen lotions, and medicines. Drinking water should be carried in abundance, as you cannot be sure of the weather conditions. Flashlight with extra batteries, a pair of sunglasses and a sun hat should also be carried.
Other Options For Mountain Climbers
Matho West-5950m, Kantak-5275m and Gulap Khangi are some of the other peaks in this area. Many unknown peaks offer heights like 5500-6400m, which is also accessible for climbing. The Karakoram ranges lie on the north side of Leh, over the Nubra Valley and Ladakh range. There are many restricted peaks over here, which need special permission from the government of India to access. The most important summits include Saser 1 (7415m), Saser 2(7513m), and Saser 3(7495m).
Best Season For Mountaineering in Ladakh
The ideal time to climb is (June – September), As, during this time, there is no rain in Ladakh. Foreigners have to take permission from the Indian Mountaineering Foundation in order to climb all the peaks. A liaison officer is always there with every climbing team. Fees are allotted according to the popularity and the height of the peak. For the processing application, a minimum period of 6 months is required. All the authorized expeditions include sufficient rescue coverage on account of illness and accidents.
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