Location: Ladakh Himalaya
Altitude: 5090 Mtrs
Best time to visit: Mid June- Mid Oct
Duration: 25 Days
Located on the bank of Bhaga river, Darcha in Lahaul at an elevation of 3,360 meters is a small village that is mostly inhabited by the Himalayan tribes. It is well mentioned in the book ‘Rough Guide to India’ as “a lonely cluster of dry-stone huts and dingy tent camps”. The popular Darcha Lamayuru trek is a journey that connects the remote terrains of Himachal Pradesh with the ancient hues of Indo – Tibetans in Lamayuru at Ladakh. The trail passes through a wide barren landscape and cascade of snow fed ranges, high altitude mountain passes and quaint villages. Further, it embarks upon the beautiful vicinity of alpine lakes where one can get acquainted with the wild whispers of several Himalayan wildlife, which includes migrating birds endangered animals. Interestingly, this rugged trekking tour to Lamayuru from Darcha will also travel across different high passes including Shingo la 5,090 at meters, Parfi la at 3,950 meters, Hanamun la at 4,800 meters, Sengge la at 5,060 meters, Sirsir la and Prinkti la. The trekking routes also require crossing magnanimous rivers like Chandra, Bhaga, Tsarap, Doda, Zanskar and Indus. The Darcha Lamayuru trek goes deep into the far-flung monasteries and gompas and the major attractions are the Sani Gompa, Mani Gompa, Bardan Gompa, Karsha Gompa, Lingshed Gompa and Lamayuru Gompa.
The Sham Valley, which is also known as the “Apricot Valley”, being the abode of Apricot Flower that blossoms in the valley during the winters, is one of the easiest treks in Ladakh region. The trek is suitable for beginners as well as families. Often dubbed as a ‘baby Trek’, the Sham Valley Trek tempts you with on-offer pleasurable walks to some of the remote villages in the Ladakh region passing through small mountain passes, streams, shady willows and barley fields. The contrasting landscape and wild nature offer trekkers and hikers with opportunity for several clicks of natural views. The trek starts from Likir, stretching from an altitude of 3500 meters to Hemis Shukpachen at 3700 meters. En route it has few highland drifts, the Phobe La at 3580 meters, Mebtak La at 3750 meters and Tsermangchen La perched at 3750meters upholding a uniform elevation, and making it desirable for beginners as well as promoting family adventure activities in Ladakh.
The Sham Valley Trek allows one to acquaint himself with the simple life of the Indo-Tibetans – cuisine, rituals, festivals and hospitality. The trek trail passes through the serene hamlets of Hemis Shukpachen, Ridzong, Temisgang and Ang and offers trekkers a stay at local houses that are appointed for village homestay to experience the unique Indo-Tibetan culture. Enclosed within the barren hillocks, these villages spray traditional essence leaving one to step into a blissful world.
Hemis National Park is one of the major attractions in Ladakh that pulls a number of adventurists and animal lovers from all over the world. It stretches at an elevation of 4100 meters and covers up the entire Rumbak Valley. The national park is the home to varied species of animals including Snow Leopards and Himalayan birds. The Snow Leopard Trek, which is one of the popular winter treks in the Ladakh region, lies into a territory where human hospitality evanesces and brings forth a wild stretch of rugged mountains dotted with animals like snow leopards, Tibetan wolves, blue sheep, horned sheep and Eurasian Brown Bear and more. It is also an abode to several species of birds like the Golden Eagle, different species of vultures and migratory birds.
Being on the move on the Snow Leopard Trek in Ladakh, one encounters surprises at each turn. The trek allows one to get acquainted with the folklore of Rumbak Valley. It thus brings one to an indigenous territory astir over the savage breath in the midst of the cold desert and gust of freezing wind.
Regarded as an easy to moderate trek, the trek from Hemis till Jugtakh takes one to the most pristine places and offers a good look inside the Ladakh. During the journey from Hemis, trekkers will visit mountains, cross passes, and many streams. With most of the camping sites revolving around the remote and uninhabited region of Ladakh, one has an opportunity to explore the local culture of Ladakh.
Beginning from the sacred Hemis monastery, the trail from Hemis till Jugtakh is one of the most famous trekking routes of Ladakh. Crossing through strenuous and high passes like Kongmaru-La pass and Tanglangla pass and many hidden villages of Ladakh, one finally reaches the Jugtakh. The journey from Hemis till Jungtakh can be a little tiring, but the view of the neighboring mountains is worth every ache, slide and bruise. Series of jagged mountains, mesmerizing and dramatic landscapes deep cut through gorges will accompany tourists throughout the journey. Trekkers who are planning something adventurous in Ladakh then this trek can prove to be the right choice.
Amarnath cave is a Hindu shrine located in Jammu and Kashmir, India. The cave is situated at an altitude of 3,888 m (12,756 ft), about 141 km (88 mi) from Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir and reached through Pahalgam town. The shrine forms an important part of Hinduism, and is considered to be one of the holiest shrines in Hinduism. The cave is surrounded by snowy mountains. The cave itself is covered with snow most of the year except for a short period of time in summer when it is open for pilgrims. Hundreds of thousands of Hindu devotees make an annual pilgrimage to the Amarnath cave on challenging mountainous terrain to see the almighty linga, which is an ice stalagmite formed inside the cave
Location: Ladakh Himalaya
Grade: Moderate to Challenging
Altitude: 5000 Mtrs
Best time to visit: Mid June – Mid OctoberNestled in the Trans Himalayan ranges there is a fascinatingly rugged land, offering immense adventure, which was once dominated by the kingdom of Zanskar and even now can only be visited on foot. The area is still quite remote and is secluded between Indus valley and Himalayas and hence gives the trekkers an opportunity to take the pleasure of wandering through some of the most isolated regions of the world. However even in this remoteness the traditional hues of Ladakh still reflects from the ancient monasteries, Stupas and Gompas, which are still found in abundance, some in ruins and some still retaining their rich architectural works. The Lamayuru Padum trek starts from the famous monastery of Lamayuru, which is one of the oldest in the region. Other characteristic of this trek include lovely high meadow camp sites on the cold and dry desert land, the thrill of passing through high passes and the joy of espying snowcapped peaks amidst stunning scenery. Not to forget the Buddhist monasteries and picturesque villages replete with irrigated fields of barley and potatoes. Even chance encounters with the people of Zanskar make this journey a memorable one.
Location: Ladakh Himalaya
Grade: Moderate to Challenging
Altitude: 5000 Mtrs
Best time to visit: Mid June – Mid October
Nestled in the Trans Himalayan ranges there is a fascinatingly rugged land, offering immense adventure, which was once dominated by the kingdom of Zanskar and even now can only be visited on foot. The area is still quite remote and is secluded between Indus valley and Himalayas and hence gives the trekkers an opportunity to take the pleasure of wandering through some of the most isolated regions of the world. However even in this remoteness the traditional hues of Ladakh still reflects from the ancient monasteries, Stupas and Gompas, which are still found in abundance, some in ruins and some still retaining their rich architectural works. The Lamayuru Padum trek starts from the famous monastery of Lamayuru, which is one of the oldest in the region. Other characteristic of this trek include lovely high meadow camp sites on the cold and dry desert land, the thrill of passing through high passes and the joy of espying snowcapped peaks amidst stunning scenery. Not to forget the Buddhist monasteries and picturesque villages replete with irrigated fields of barley and potatoes. Even chance encounters with the people of Zanskar make this journey a memorable one.
Passing through Khardung La, which is world’s highest motorable road, the Nubra Valley Trek breaks open to a beautiful topography that was once was a part of a trade route between India, Tibet and Central Asia. It was an important platform for caravans following the Silk Road used for swapping their mules for the famous double-hump Bactrian camels. The river Nubra following in the region is a major tributary of the Shyok river that flows parallel to the Indus on the northern side of the Ladakh range. A rich variety of vegetation and orchids can be witnessed along Nubra River which results in adding colour to the valley. Today, Nubra Valley Trek is one of the moderate to challenging treks in Ladakh region that allow exploration of coloured steep and barren walls, remote villages and Gompas.
The major attractions on this trek in Ladakh region are monasteries like Shey Gompa, which is approximately 15 kilometers away from Leh; Thiksey Gompa, which is at a distance of about 17 kilometers away from Leh and Hemis, which is situated 45 kms away from Leh and is ofcourse one of the most popular monasteries in Ladakh region. Further the journey proceeds to the unread lore of a culture hiding within the barren topography. One can explore the remote villages like the Khardung, Khalser, Agyam, Khalsar, Tirit, Lukung, Tegar, Sumur and Diskit.
Being one of the popular trekking trails in the Ladakh region, the Nubra Valley Trek attracts trekkers from different parts of the world. The valley is also often dubbed as “Valley of Flowers” and during the peak season it blossoms with varied colours flowers. The Nubra Valley trekking trail passes through several high passes namely Digar La at 6000 meters and Khardung La. Thus, the trek by and large exhibits a land that is no less than a dreamland.
Featuring a surreal backdrop of nature colours, the Frozen River Trek, commonly known as the Chadar Trek, is one of the challenging treks in the Ladakh region. The strenuous mountain trail on the ice-clogged river under the blue winter sky passes through valleys, mountain caves and frozen waterfalls. It is one of the most arduous treks of Indian Himalaya as the trekkers will pass through craggy rocks and the temperature may dip to below minus 10 degrees, a rare climatic condition which can be difficult to survive.
The Frozen River Trek, which is one of the popular winter treks, is also one of the longest trekking trails in the Indian Himalayan region that covers an entire stretch of 90 kilometres in 8 chilly days. Like a walk to paradise, the Chadar Trek swipes several trekkers’ dreams making it a part of their diary. The journey leads off from Ladakh to the snowbound villages of the Zanskar Valley.
One may acquaint the eyes staring and asking, ‘what made you explore the barren beauty?’ The answer just walks following the Chadar trail to a state of absolute bliss secluded within the colours of nature.
The excitement of exploring the lakes of the Kashmir region of Himalaya can’t be measured in words unless you stand next to them. Placid, unpolluted and crystal clear ice-fed lakes are found at the base of stalwart mountain peaks and look stunningly beautiful for the presence of greenery-led meadows around them. Our Sonmarg – Vishansar – Naranag Trekking expedition brings the chance of spotting all those natural wonders which are hardly seen on other hill stations. The trek route is referred as Great Lakes Trek for passing through all the sparkling water bodies. To let you feel the real charm of nature walk along with a thrilling adventurous feel, the trek begins from Shitkari. The trek upwards passes through the gorgeous meadows of Shokadri. Further a walk towards Vishnasar and Krishnasar Lake will endow you with fantastic vistas of wild flower meadows and mountain streams where you will pitch the tent. However a further walk towards the lake of flowers, Gadsar Lake enchants you with the best scenic views of Zagibal Mountain. The twin lakes of Gangabal and Nandkol are the surprise of this trek and the meadows of Bodpathri, Trunkol add a sparkling twist to this trekking expedition.
Kashmir is the land of unmatched beauty; it is indeed the paradise for nature lovers and adventurists. At Kashmir, trekkers can enjoy expeditions to places that are far off from the confines of tourist interference. Apart from the famed Great Lakes trek, there are plenty of other treks that wait to surprise one and its best example can be Pahalgam-Tarsar-Marsar Trek. Beginning from the beautiful Pahalgam Valley that is situated along the Lidder River, the Tarsar Marsar trek covers places that are impeccable in beauty. The trekkers have the opportunity to witness the diversity of the region as the trail crosses through wide plains, lush meadows, flower-decked valleys and grassy knolls. The small streams cascading in the natural pools and the lofty snow-clad mountains are also the highlights of this unforgettable trek. Here is the detailed itinerary of Pahalgam-Tarsar-Marsar Trek: