Trekking in Ladakh Travel is another wonderful experience. There are short walks, day-long walks, or you can go on for weeks to revel in nature’s beauty. Yaks and demos are often found grazing on the mountain pastures, but you may discover more of the region’s rich wildlife, including the endangered snow leopard, gazelles, and ibex.
Its’ best to take a guide along when going for mountain climbing; foreign tourists require special permission. Nun at 7,135-m and Kun at 7,077-m are the highest peaks and the most sought after, and permission to scale these requires advance booking. So if you thought advance booking was only for the movies, then you have to think again!
The two main districts, Leh and Kargil, are spectacularly beautiful. Leh is connected by air, while there are buses, taxis and jeeps taking tourists to Ladakh from Jammu and Srinagar. There are two main highways, which are open when snow has not piled up. The rainfall averages about 4 inches a year, but snowfall is heavy, lending substance to the glaciers, which feed the rivers and lakes. The attractive, pearl-shaped Tsomo-riri Lake and the bewitching Pangong Lake pull tourists like magnets.
Scrub thorn, pine, broadleaf, and subalpine conifer trees and bushes line the varying elevated regions. There are alpine shrubs and meadows, to which, the Nubra Valley, ‘Valley of Flowers’, at a height of 10,000 ft, bears testimony.
Experienced rafters can enjoy their brush with swift waters in the Indus between Spituk and Saspol, but for the amateurs, the scenic region from Spituk to Karu is where they can discover the pleasures of white water rafting! There are many rafting packages, with a popular one on the Zanskar between Padum and Nimo, with professional guides; this is for those who are willing to stay in deep waters and camp in the wilderness for days on end. Talk of adventure and you’ll get plenty of it in Ladakh.