Adventure sports are something unconventional which encompass fun and nerve wrecking activities depending on the topography and weather conditions.
India is blessed with mountain ranges, alluring valleys, and several rivers and it is not surprising that it has the multitude of destinations for adventure sports. Ladakh is one those few destinations in India whose high altitude ranges, massive lakes, scenic trails, deep valleys and steep passes makes it a perfect destination for adventure enthusiasts to relish their love for adventure. This rugged region holds a place unparalleled by any other area on their wish list.
Nestled at the altitude of 3000m, and lying between the Karakoram and the Great Himalayas, this landlocked region offers a variety of adventure sports, the prominent ones being Mountaineering, trekking, mountain biking and White River Rafting.
What exalt it from the other destinations are the co-existence of traditional as well as adventure sports, the former including games such as polo, ice hockey, archery and desert safaris. The combinations of the two are enough to woo adventure freaks. From the famous White River rafting in Zanskar and Indus rivers to the Snow Leopard trekking in Hemis National Park, these are some of the best adventure sports in Ladakh.
If traveling, exploring and mountains have always thrilled you and give you that kick then Trekking is the adventure for you. It serves as the ultimate recipe for a perfect adventure getaway. Trekking in Ladakh supplies a never-before experience to the vacationers. To enjoy Ladakh, Trekking is one the most famous activity and to enjoy every nook and corner of the region. Which range from simple to highly ambitious treks, Ladakh includes all a trekker quests to get.
Preparations and Permit
Since most of the trekking regions in Ladakh is starts around 3500m, it is essential for the travelers to acclimatize themselves before going on a trek to avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). The best way to acclimatize is a one or two day rest, or you can start with baby treks.
For trekking around Nubra Valley and Tso Moriri, one will have to take an interline permit which can be fetched from any travel agent in Leh at the cost of INR 100-200. You will also require the license for hiking in Hemis National Park that can be taken in the Dhaba under the Rumbak village. The price of permits will be Rs. 20 for Indian and Rs. 100 for other tourists.
The Snow Leopard trek is among the most popular treks from the Ladakh area that extends from an altitude of approximately 3,500 meters into 6,000 meters. The journey goes via the Hemis National Park, which will be among those parks at the Indian Himalayan range and biggest national parks in India having an area of 3,350 yards, is the abode of several unique species of wildlife. The Ideal time to See Snow Leopard Trek is between November and March.
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Best Time For Trekking
Best time for trekking in Ladakh is July and August however it depends on the nature of trek as well. For example, Jan and Feb is the best time for demanding Chadar Trek which is hugely challenging and Snow Leopard Trek which are incredibly challenging
Major Trekking Routes
Among the various breathtaking trekking routes, the most significant ones are:-
Duration – 13 Days
Area – Zanskar(Ladakh)
Difficulty – Challenging
Altitude – 3850 m/12628 ft
Season – Mid January to Mid February
Markha Valley Trek
Duration – 9 Days
Area – Leh
Difficulty – Moderate
Altitude – 3100m-5150m
Season – Mid May to Early September
Sham Valley Trek
Duration – 7 Days
Area – Ladakh
Difficulty – Easy
Altitude – 3750m
Season – May to October
Hemis to Tsomoriri
Duration – 10-15 Days
Area – Ladakh
Difficulty – Challenging
Altitude – 5135m
Season – June to October
Trans Zanskar Expedition
Duration –25 Days
Area – Zanskar
Difficulty – Challenging
Altitude – 3700m
Season – June to October
Mountaineering is one of the most venturesome activities around the globe, and the Karakoram and the Zanskar mountain ranges offer various peaks that are perfect for both amateur and expert mountaineers.
Stok Kangri Peak (6121m) in Zanskar offers a breathtaking view of Indus valley. Stok Kangri Peak climbing is a problematic level activity which takes nine days to reach the peak finally.
Kangyaze Peak (6400 m) can be accessed through famous Markha valley, and it takes nine days to cover the expedition.
Nun Kun Peak (7038m) in Suru valley is the highest summit in the part of the Himalayan Range that lies on the Indian side of the Line of Control (L.O.C) in the state of Jammu and Kashmir and is the Mecca for all mountaineers. It takes 23 days to complete the expedition and fall under the most challenging category.
Best Time and Permits
Due to heavy snowfall after the month of October, trekking season in Ladakh is usually stays open between the month of May and October.
To be able to go for Stok Kangri Trek, a permit from the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) will be required. It can be obtained from the office of Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF), Chanspa Road in Leh at a price of INR 2000.
White River Rafting
If you have been looking for some breathtaking adventure activity this vacation, then your quest ends on the exhilarating sport of white water rafting in the Indus River and Zanskar River in Ladakh which offers you a beauty of mountains while gushing through the waters. Rafting in Indus and Zanskar presents mesmerizing scenery of Buddhist monasteries and towering mountains. Rafting in Zanskar is considerably challenging compared with Indus. Indus river rafting ranges from grade I to grade V, which makes it perfect for beginners and pros alike.
The top of the ferry paths in River Indus is you only between Spituk and Nimu or even Saspol. However, people that are new to the game ought to decide on the most straightforward stretch upstream from Spituk around Karu. Throughout a deep ravine from the Zanskar Mountains, there’s a stretch involving Padum and Nimu which may be the most fascinating of times.
Best Time – The best time for river rafting in Leh-Ladakh is from June to October.
Ladakh is a cold desert which makes desert safaris a mandatory which you merely can’t afford to miss. Desert safaris include Jeep safari, Camel Safari, and Quad Biking.
Camel Safari is a unique way to explore the sterile beauty of Ladakh due to the presence of double-humped camel. Riding a double-humped camel and traveling through the landscapes of this high elevation desert is just one of a kind adventure.
You can enjoy Camel Safari in Nubra Valley and through Sand Dunes reach the nooks and corners of the valley which is usually impossible to reach by vehicle. Camel safari is also very popular in Dixit and Hunder valley. Best time for the camel safari in Ladakh is from June to September.
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Jeep Safari is one of the most comfortable and safest ways to explore high altitude mountain passes, the emerald lakes and the breathtaking landscapes of Ladakh. It is also the best way to visit remote areas. Many travelers reach Ladakh through Manali-Leh Highway by jeep, which is a delightful path to reach Ladakh. Tso Moriri, Pangong Lake, Nubra Valley, Manali-Leh Highway, Dah Hanu, Suru valley are some of the most popular destinations to enjoy Jeep Safari. July to September is the best time for Jeep safari in Ladakh due to the condition of roads.
If you want more adventure you can go for Quad biking which is offered in Nubra valley. Explore the highest motorable road with an ATV ride.
Polo is a favorite game in Ladakh and is played every Tuesday and Saturday in the summertime on the Leh polo ground. In Ladakh, each substantial village includes a polo ground, and their game can be somewhat different from the one that is played globally. An excellent match in Ladakh is made up of 20-minute halves and can be performed with magnificent scenery with the audience cheering on both the teams with extreme excitement. Polo tournaments will also be held throughout the Ladakh Festival contained in the first half of September.
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It is one of the most popular sports in Ladakh, played in the open on natural ice. It is mainly played in the months from mid-November to January. Ice hockey in Ladakh, also called shinny or pond hockey, is a way of life during the long winters in Ladakh.
Archery is a traditional sport and inherited from generation to generation. Various Archery competitions held regularly in the village and also at the National Archery Stadium in Leh. Seeing an Archery competition is guaranteed to supply a captivating adventure to the cultural lifestyle of the Ladakhi individuals. Archery is an essential element in the ethnic, social and conventional actions of Ladakh.
Mountain Biking is an amazingly thrilling adventure, especially when practiced amongst sky-high snow-covered mountains, multi-shaped rocks, steep roads and gullies, exotic terrains and varied topography. Biking in Ladakh is the most exciting experience of a lifetime and considered as the most favorite and memorable trips of life during Ladakh Tour. Well as they say, if biking is in your blood, Leh Ladakh will be the ultimate adventure.
Every year thousands of motorcycle riders come to explore this glorious scenery in a Ladakh road trip. The motorbiking paths in Ladakh require the biker to be highly experienced as well as prepared for thrilling adventure.
Manali – Leh
Leh – Nubra Valley via Khardung La
Leh – Pangong Lake
Due to the massive snowfall after October, roads remain packed with snow hence no biking can be carried out on such roads. If you want to enjoy motorbike ride to Ladakh, then mid-June – mid-September will be the perfect duration.
This is another activity on the list which is gradually scoring big. Situated at a mean elevation of 11500 feet above sea level, Ladakh is the best escape in the oppressive heat of the other parts of the nation. Camping in Ladakh is the ideal approach to get in love with flora and explore its attractiveness.
Since Ladakh is currently famous for its majestic beauty, camping in Ladakh allows you to discover this location to its heart. Whether you are below the clear blue skies or the sparkling night skies, you will entirely end up in another world from the hectic lifestyle. Spend a while at the bosom of character while biking in Ladakh.
Camping is available at Nubra valley, Near Zanskar River, Pangong Leke and Tso Moriri.