Ladakh Travel Guide: Places to Visit and Things to Do

Ladakh Travel Guide: Places to Visit and Things to Do

Cultural Tours

Get mesmerized with the Buddhist chants, ancient monasteries at Alchi, Thiksey Spitok and Lamayaru rich with wall paintings, silk thangkas and gilded statues of Buddha.


Scenic tours

If you are on the quest of visiting scenic locations and serene lakes, Ladakh is the place to visit. The most panoramic and awe-inspiring, high altitude lakes are situated here. Visit the Tso Moriri, Pangong Tso and Tso Kar.


Adventure sports

Wild and rustic isolated landscape with meandering, fast flowing rivers and barren mountains capped with snow, Ladakh has lots to offer adventure seekers. Some of the activities to enjoy in Leh include:




Enjoy rafting trips from Phey to Nimmu and for the more adventurous try the rafting from Chiling to Nimmu. For professional rafters, rating excursions are made on the Indus and around Skurbuchan.


Trekking tours

There are numerous trekking destinations. If you are looking for a particular destination, here are a few exciting treks:


• Across Zanskar: The week long trek takes you from Leh to Phanjila, Hanupata, Photoksar, Styangs, Lingshed, Jingchen, Hanumur and Pidmo. These are a few destinations along the trading routes in ancient Zanskar giving panoramic views of the rustic yet beautiful Himalayan landscapes.


• Across Jhunglam: The trekking route passes through some of the isolated hamlets, remote valleys for a glimpse of wild, unspoiled nature. From Leh, the trek takes you through Skiu, Markha, hanker, Rubrang, Yakrupal, Kharnak Sumdo, Wangchuk Sumdo, Chupchak, Zangla Sumdo, Nyeraks, Yulchung and Sumda.


• Across Markha Valley: Situated panoramically in the middle of the Kongmaru La and Ganda La, Markha Valley is isolated between the two high passes and seems like time has stopped for centuries as life goes on unchanged in the villages. Enjoy trekking from Leh to Rumbak, Gandala Base, Skiu, Markha, Hankar, Nimaling, Chagtsang, Lhato and back to Leh.

Wildlife Tours


For the eco-tourists, there are numerous wildlife tours to enjoy because the and high altitude landscape is home to unique animals including the wild ass, yaks, ibex, Blue sheep, Marmot, Tibetan hare, Snow Leopard, Bhara and Tibetan antelope (Chiru).


Additionally over 300 different species of birds call Ladakh their home including Golden Eagle, Lamagier, Black necked crane, Himalayan Snowcock, Rock Bunting and more. From Leh, wildlife tours take you to Phey, where at the Zingchem Gorge, snow leopards make a rare appearance. Other places that are covered include Rumbak, Stok and then come back to Leh.


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