Wednesday, February 8

Ladakh, India

I'd like to quote my friend's post "I stare at the horizon and I see God's paintings. I feel a cool breeze kissing my face, I smell the fertile soil within the rich green plains. I see an easy passage across the mountains, while I glance at mother nature's riches embedded in the rocks. A stimulating climate for the birds to soar across the blue sky. What a glorious feeling to be one with nature! Thank you God for another opportunity at the peak!" 

She verbalize my thoughts about how wonderful our universe is. This is how I exactly feel when I am with nature.

Extracted from the Internet (from KC Leong's post): 

Ladakh, also called the Land of the High Passes, lies in the eastern half of Jammu and Kashmir in the far north of India. It shares its much disputed north-western border with Pakistan while to the north lies the Chinese province of Xinjiang, and to the east, province of Tibet. It is sandwiched between two vast mountain systems: Himalaya to the south and the Karakoram to the north. 

The Ladakh region is very thinly populated. The people who live there are migrants of Indo Aryans and Tibetan civilization. Ladakh has an altitude of 9000 feet at Kargil and 21,170 feet at Saser Kanri.

Leh was the capital of the Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh; Leh has for centuries been an important stopover on trade routes along the Indus Valley between Tibet to the east, Kashmir to the west and also between India and China.
The temperature in winter reaches minus 22 degree Celsius and during summers, can go up to 20 plus. Leh and Ladakh have been said to be the only places where you can have a sun stroke as well as frostbit at the same time.

Water in such places is always scarce because the place hardly receives any rain. The main source of water here is the melted water from the snow which is carried down by smaller streams and thus helps in irrigation. It is interesting and shocking to know that the place does not receive any water from the rain for almost 300 days in one year.

There are beautiful mountains all over Ladakh and it is worth visiting if you are into mountain activities.

Trekking In Ladakh
Ladakh is one of the most favourite trekking destination, having some of the most picturesque and challenging treks in northern India. Located in the northernmost part of India some seven kilometers from the Indus River and its extensive valley.
Ladakh lies at altitudes ranging from about 9,000 feet (2,750 m) at Kargil to 25,170 feet (7,672 m) at Saser Kangri in the Karakoram. Thus summer temperatures rarely exceed about 27°C in the shade, while in winter they may plummet to minus 20°C even in Leh. Surprisingly, though, the thin air makes the heat of the sun even more intense than at lower altitudes; it is said that only in Ladakh can a man sitting in the sun with his feet in the shade suffer from sunstroke and frostbite at the same time.
Leh has been a Buddhist centre since at least the 3rd century AD. Since the invasion of Ladakh by Tibet in the 8th century, when much of it became part of Western Tibet, Tibetan ('Mahayana') Buddhism has dominated eastern Ladakh, while Islam has slowly developed in Ladakh's western regions. Ladakh's colourful gompas (Buddhist monasteries) such as Shey, Alchi, Hemis and Lamayuru, have attracted devout Buddhists and interested travelers from all over the globe.

Trekking In Ladakh
Ladakh is a paradise for adventure lover given by its world's mightiest mountain ranges, the Greater Himalaya and the Karakoram, and two others, the Ladakh range and the Zangskar range. The most important feature of trekking in Ladakh is it's High Mountain passes which comes on the trekking routes gives you opportunity to have wonderful view of colorful mountains and amazing landscape everyday. Spituk to Markha Valley, Laayury gompa to Chilling and Likir to Temisgam are some of the popular treks that one can take. Acclimatization is the most important activity before heading for trekking and mountaineering. Rafting down the Zanskar is another exciting thought but it is imperative to take help of a rafting instructor or guide.

Ever thought of trekking on a frozen river? A part of the Zanskar River freezes during the winter and is used as trekking route by many seasoned trekking enthusiasts. The trek is one of its kinds in Leh Ladakh. If you are a novice when it comes to climbing mountains and negotiating treacherous treks, it is better to hire a seasoned mountaineer or trekker. A guide with experience and with fairly good knowledge of the area is of great help.The small isolated villages and hamlets and friendly people on the way greeting you with a magic word "Juley" (hello) makes your trek memorable.

Ladakh - A Mountainous Country
This two weeks tour to Ladakh takes you through Markha Valley which is one of the most visited trek route in Ladakh region. Its a must for every trekker comming to Ladkah and provide some of the best views of High Himalayan and Karakoram Ranges along with the greatest of the nomadic experiences in the Markha Valley area. One crosses the heights of upto 4500 mts on the high points and Markha Valley trek and the average altitude also remains above 3500 mts through the trek. Wanla, Konzekla give a grand panoramic view and makes this trek a paradise for all those want to be in the mountains for the obvious reason of being with the mother nature at its best.

The tour provides a great opportunity for a lover of culture and diversity when it takes you to Alchi, Lamayuru & Hemis monasteries which are also the oldest and the most beautifull monastries in Ladakh region apart from taking you around in and around Leh which is also the capitol of Ladakh. Popularly called as the moon land, The landscape around Lamayuru monastery is one of most spectacular things one could see on earth. 

Ladakh Holidays
See towering mountains reach up to a clear blue sky. Hear the rhythmic chant of Buddhist monks in an ancient monastery where time stands still. See the rushing waters of an icy river surge down from a glacial height. Ladakh - the Land of Passes and the Roof of the World awaits you. Leh Ladakh India offers tours to Ladakh, an exotic region in the north Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. From age-old Buddhist monasteries to exciting adventure tours, Leh Ladakh India has a lot to offer. Explore a Gompa, go mountaineering in the Himalayas, camp on the Ladakh plateau where the earth seems nearer to the sky, trek on treacherous and breathtaking routes and see rare mountain goats ascend the slopes and cranes fly overhead. Leh Ladakh India welcomes you to holidays in Ladakh. Tour a land that will amaze you with its stark beauty and delight you with the warmth of the Ladakhi people. 

Leh Tourism
Leh, the capital of Ladakh is a fascinating destination. Age-old monasteries, quaint lanes, colorful markets and stunning views of the Himalayas make Leh an exotic destination. Leh is where your adventure in Ladakh begins. You can go trekking through the mountainous terrain of Ladakh, enjoy a game of polo in a high altitude arena or watch an archery contest where local residents compete in a contest that remains unchanged by time. Mountaineering, white water rafting and wildlife tours are other adventurous attractions of Leh Ladakh India. Though the weather can be freezing cold, the smiles on the faces of the Ladakhi people are sure to warm your heart. Feel on top of the world in Ladakh, on tours to Ladakh with Leh Ladakh India.


  1. TREKKING IN HIMALAYAS. India is a vast country with the Himalayan Range forming its northern boundary.

    Trekking in India

    1. Thank you for visiting my site.
      I really love to do a trek in Indian Himalaya but on my visit on July 22 to August 7, I don't think I can squeeze into my schedule a trek even a short one. I love to, I've been thinking of doing one but I will be part of a support crew to one of the participant in La Utra - The High. Though I am thinking of an option to stay longer if I really want to do a trek even for just a 4 to 5 days before I head back home. Should that happen I will contact you for some advise. Again, thank you.

  2. Your trekking to Ladakh is good. Ladakh is no doubt a beautiful place for any type of activity. Ladakh is perfect place for adventure activity. I had been there through, they had given me good package for tour.

    1. Thank you Komal. I will do that then, send my inquiries to Ladakh Tourism as I cannot do a full circuit trek. I I hope to d a 3 to 4 day trek after the La Utra race.

  3. thanks for posting this che! very informative. it made me more excited about our adventure! :)

    1. made me so excited as well the reason I posted it here.