5 Amazing Treks in Ladakh that must be on every Hiker’s Bucket List (Part: 2)

Hey there… It's nice to see you here. So, are you planning a trek to some unknown place after being stuck at home for almost 2 years due to this tiny virus? Don’t worry, this will be over soon and we will be able to travel again. Till then, let’s gather resources and knowledge about the places we want to visit.

Last week, I shared with you Part 1 of the Treks in Ladakh that you can undertake. Today, I will share with you 5 more such treks in Ladakh.

Keep reading to find out more…

Lamayuru to Stok Kangri

  • Altitude: 6150 m

  • Duration: 12 days

  • Best season to visit: Mid June - September

Hands-down one of the best treks in Ladakh if you love the view of snow-covered peaks along your trek. This trek takes you to the Stok summit through barren lands and green meadows and offers unparalleled views of the Stok summit and the sunlit Zanskar and Karakoram peaks along the way. This trek is also famous for traversing through some of the most unseen parts of Ladakh.

The trek starts at the ancient monastery of Lamayuru which is approximately 120 km from Leh.

Chadar Trek

  • Altitude: 3850 m

  • Duration: 9 days

  • Best season to visit: Mid January – February

Probably one of the most popular and slightly more trodden treks among all the high altitude treks in India. At temperatures as low as -35 degrees Celcius, the Zanskar river (Tsarap river) freezes and forms a sheet of ice over the flowing river. You can only undertake the trek as long as the ice sheet is thick enough to walk on it and as such, it is open for a very brief period each year. Undertaking this trek and enjoying it requires a whole different level of preparation from your end. Walking in the frozen river at times is just sliding over the ice sheet and is pretty difficult. This difficulty is further enhanced by the intense cold. But the chilly experience, and beautiful sights of the frozen river and the Shanti Stupa make the experience of trekking all the more exciting.

Words of advice: Take the Chadar trek seriously and go with an experienced trekking guide. Take more warm clothes than you think necessary as the cold is a bit too much there, and with the presence of water, you never know when you need a second pair of clothes. Finally, be physically fit enough to undertake the trek and condition yourself beforehand.

Jhunglam Hemis To Padum Trek

  • Altitude: 5200 m

  • Duration: 12 days

  • Best season to visit: August – October

This trek is a bit longer and goes via the mesmerizing monasteries of Hemis and Latza Kongmaru and then passes through Zalung Karpo La, Tilat Sumdo, Zangla Sumdo, and then ends at Padum. This trek includes several river crossings, which make the trek tough. Moreover, the changing altitude throughout the route mandates constant acclimatization on the move.

Kang Yatse and Dzo Jongo Trek

  • Altitude: 6200 m

  • Duration: 13 days

  • Best season to visit: July – September

To enjoy the true thrill and adventure of Ladakh trekking, this 13-day trek is highly recommended, but this trek is a bit tough for beginners and is only recommended for seasoned or professional trekkers. The spectacular views of Zanskar and Stok range from the Ganda La pass, the camping en route, the view of the wildlife at Hemis National Park, hiking through valleys, and visiting spellbinding monasteries make this trek a wonderful experience for trekkers indulging in this particular feat of trekking in Ladakh. In addition to the difficult terrain, this trek requires a lot of acclimatization, and the first 6 days of the 13-day trek are spent acclimatizing while on the move.

Snow Leopard Trek

  • Altitude: 3000 m

  • Duration: 8 days

  • Best season to visit: Mid November – Mid March

The rugged mountains and stretches of terrains that the trek passes through are a part of the Hemis National Park, one of the very few places where the Snow leopard (ghost cat) is found.

If you are planning for trekking to Ladakh, and you are physically fit and have hiked up the rough terrains that venture into the unknown, the snow leopard trek is an experience you ought to add to your list.

This trek starts and ends at Leh with the basecamp at Zingchen. The route comprises of frozen paths through vibrant flora & fauna and is sure to give you that much-needed adrenaline rush. So, what do you think of Ladakh now? Is it a barren desert or nature's treasure trove?

Do let me know...