Travel: 10 things You Must Not Miss on a Trip to Ladakh

I have a wonderful travel guest post from Divij sharing his trekking and hiking experiences through Ladakh in North India. His descriptions and photos almost made me feel as I was there trekking along with him, and I hope he has the same magical effect on you. Enjoy!

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Ladakh is an almost hidden jewel of North India that should be deeply appreciated.

Finally, I was able to realize my forever harbored dream of visiting the remotest part of North India-Ladakh. The experience was even better than what I had imagined in my dreams. The unspoilt beauty, the laidback lifestyle, nature throwing wonders at you at every step of the way- it surely cannot get better than this. There is a lot to explore and discover here, and I succeeded at doing most of it in my month long trip to this Himalayan Kingdom.

However, just to make it easier for other travelers out there, I’m narrowing the list down to 10 things you must not miss on a trip to Ladakh:

Markha Valley

Scenic views, picture perfect landscapes and an exhilarating trail- Markha Valley is one of the most popular options for people looking for the vintage Ladakh trekking experience. I found the trek moderately difficult, which means if you are fit enough to come to Ladakh, you are fit enough to go on this trekking trail. The trail takes you through passes which are as high as 15000 ft, while keeping you glued to the amazing flora and fauna you are bound to see here.

Trekking trail from Lamayuru to Chilling

This is a trekking trail which is definitely not to be missed. While on this Ladakh trekking trail, you can see the Zanskar range at all times, beautiful and majestic as ever. The trail ends at Chilling, which is a small village that gives you a peek into the local life of the land.

Rafting in Zanskar

This was recommended to me by my guide. And I am recommending it further. After you complete your trail at Chilling, try some rafting in the Zanskar River which flows close by. The rapids of the river would definitely get your adrenaline pumping. I can see feel the rush as I talk about it.

Shop in the local markets

Shopping in Ladakh isn’t about picking up cool stuff. It is about experiencing the culture of the place and getting to know the locals better. I would recommend shopping in the local markets of chilling to anyone who is interested in a cultural experience in Ladakh. There are beautiful Buddhist artifacts too to be picked along the way.

For hardcore trekkers, Stok Kangri is the ultimate challenge

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Stok Kangri is not for the faint of heart.

I am a hardcore trekker myself, and I apologize for being biased. But the thing is, if you love trekking, your experience of trekking in Ladakh isn’t complete without scaling Stok Kangri. Sure, the trek is difficult, but that’s the fun of it. If you feel like giving up at any point of time, do remember that the view you get from the top is every bit worth it.

Pangong Lake

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Pangong Lake is breathtakingly beautiful.

The stunningly sparkling blue water of this lake is a memory that will stay with you for the rest of your life. The Lake lies at an altitude of about 4000 meters above sea level. Nestled amidst majestic peaks, their reflections making the lake look even more beautiful.

If you visit in summers, the archery dance

I was lucky enough to visit Ladakh in summertime. In fact, most of you out there would prefer doing that because of the freezing temperatures during winters here. I was lucky too to watch an archery dance lice here. The dance is about beer, entertainment and celebrating the local sport of the place–archery.

The magnetic mountain

I would be the last one to tell you that you should do biking trails in Ladakh rather than trekking in Ladakh on foot. However, the magnetic mountain is an exception. Switch off your vehicle and see it climb uphill on its own at a speed of 20 km an hour. It is pure magic.

Khardung La Pass

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Khardung La Pass is a place not to be missed in Ladakh.

This is the highest motorable pass in the world, situated at a height of more than 5000 meters above sea level. You don’t want to miss it for sure.

Sham Valley trekking trail

To complete your experience of trekking in Ladakh, take the trekking trail of Sham valley. The trail takes you through some of the most beautiful villages and monasteries of the place, such as those of Thikse, Alchi and Likir.

About the author: Divij is a traveler, adventurer, and budding photographer. Being an avid trekker, he has hiked through various trails in India and know quite a lot of off-beat destinations in the country.

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Divij, thank you for showing us a wonderful part of your world. Ladakh in North India is simply amazing! Come back and post again sometime!

For everyone else, which place described would you most like to see in person? Tell me in the comments! 

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5 Comments

    • Thank you, Carole!

  1. What a beautiful place. I have not traveled to India yet. Ladakh seems like a good place to visit!

    • Maria, Maria, I think so, too!

  2. OMG. Such a beautiful place. You’re travel posts are making me realize how woefully inadequate my vacation fund is! ;)

    Erin

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