Ladakh has become the ultimate destination for globetrotters and tourists from every corner of the world. Starting from the snow-covered mountain peaks to the rough terrain, the local nomads and the enticing Buddhist monasteries, you will find everything is magnetic about the place. There are so many things you can do in Ladakh, which is in Northern India, that you shouldn’t miss out visiting the enchanting “land of high passes”.
Despite Ladakh being located in the isolated Trans-Himalayan region, the Ladakh tour packages have made it convenient to travel to such a secluded part. If you are planning to trek, it is best to visit between May and October, as during the winter the roads are blocked and the temperature is well below the freezing point.
When you undertake the Ladakh trip, there is a wide array of opportunities that cater to nature and adventure enthusiasts. Starting from cycling, riding, rafting, touring and exploring the local and cultural lifestyles, you have so many options available. Let us have a look at the 10 day Ladakh itinerary and feel at the top of the world.
Day 1: Arriving at Leh
Situated at 3500 meters above sea level, nestled in the Himalayan mountain lap, the capital city, Leh is one of the favorite destinations among adventure tourists, leisure travelers, and honeymooners.
You simply cannot stop gazing at the breathtaking beauty of the snow-capped Himalayan mountains. The chilly weather is one of the elements that you have to look out for. You have to be very cautious and wear insulated layered clothing to prevent getting sick. Furthermore, it is important that your body gets adapted to an altitude as high as 3500 meters. At such a high altitute there is lack of oxygen, and you might have to suffer from breathing problems. Acclimatization is essential on the very first day of your trip.
It is recommended that you take some rest at the hotel, enjoy your meal, and experience the beauty around. After you relax, you can undertake the city tour, and explore the different places of Leh. You can also indulge in some shopping at Leh Bazar trying out some local cuisines.
Day 2 to 5: Sightseeing
There are so many things to see in the region that you should use the next few days to undertake an extensive sightseeing tour in Ladakh.
Ladakh is the center of Buddhist culture, the reason for which you will find so many monasteries, especially along the Indus valley. The most popular monasteries are Thiksey, Alchi, Lamayuru, Likir and Hemis. These monasteries are a must-visit if you want to have deep knowledge about the local culture.
If you want to enjoy the Bactrian or double-humped camel rides amid in ancient monasteries, Nubra Valley is the right spot with tons of sand dunes. Also known as the “Valley of Flowers”, it is accessible from Khardong La Pass, the highest road in the world. It used to be the traditional silk route for the traders. The whole valley is named after the Nubra river that flows across Karakoram Range’s eastern part.
If you are missing out Nubra Valley visit, you are actually missing out the heart of the Ladakh trip. May, June, July and August are the peak season with numerous accommodation options available.
The high altitude lake of Pangong Tso will enable you to experience breathtaking views. The captivating view of Pangong Tso will enthrall you. The lake is situated at a height of 4000 meters, and it is popular for its changing hues. From such a height, you can enjoy the scintillating views of the Changchenmo Range. You will be completely in awe of the scenic beauty that engulfs you and take you to a different world. During the summer time, various migratory birds can be seen.
Day 6 to 10: Trekking
Ladakh has become a popular destination in recent years, mainly because of the trekking opportunities that the land has to offer. There are several options for trekking in Ladakh, and you must include at least one of them for a complete experience of the region.
The Markha valley trek is is one of the most popular ones among the global tourists. This adventurous trek weaves through the picturesque valley. It eventually gains its altitude alongside a riverside trail. During the first three days of the trek, there are many villages that you will pass through. You get the experience of staying in homestays where you can try home made food. In fact, you can enjoy the distinct local, authentic cuisines of the region while you are trekking and having a tour of the area.
Nimaling camp is reached on the 4th day of the trek. It is the camp just before crossing the Kongmaru La pass. At 4700 meters, on the Nimaling Plain, you can experience the highest camping site. It is the highest point on Markha Trek, where you can find the refreshment “tea tent”. Nimaling is a picturesque wasteland which guarantees green pastures and herdsmen. The site is the kingdom of the mountain wolves, snow leopard, and the lammergeier.
Kongmaru La Pass (the last pass on the Markha Valley Trek) situated at a height of 5260 meters provides a spectacular view of Kangyatse peak culminating at 6400 meters. Along the northwest of the Kongmaru La Pass, you will find an extensive range of Karakoram mountains. The journey ends at Shang Sumdo.
After the 10 day trip you make your way to Leh Airport, and back home carrying beautiful memories along with you about your time in India. Ladakh is the one destination that won’t give you a moment of boredom or disappointment.