Trekking in Ladakh is an adventurous activity which essentially is the most sought after and an inevitable part of Ladakh tourism which attracts hundreds of people during the season. Ladakh, currently is one of the most important tourist destinations in the entire world. Ladakh is also known as the Land of High Passes, the Land of Gompa, and the Land of Nomad locally.
Blessed with wondrous natural splendor and far stretched snow covered lofty Himalayan Range, Ladakh is a calm isolated place. Situated in the northern most part of India, Ladakh lies from around at a distance of seven kilometers from the Indus River and the valley. The high reaching mountain edges adorning Ladakh go up as high as, 9,000 feet (2,750 m) at Kargil to 25,170 feet (7,672 m) at Saser Kangri in the Karakoram. The trekking trail is extremely intricate and has been modified into the perfect routes to serve the tourists. The temperature in Ladakh, as it should be, being situated at the northest end is pleasantly cool. Even during scorching summer days the temperature never seems to exceed, say around 27 degree centigrade. While in winter, the temperature takes a plunging dip quite up to a minus twenty degree centigrade.
Apart from being an exclusive sight seeing spot, Ladakh is also popular for its intricate monasteries. Since the third century AD, Ladakh has carried the legacy of being one of the major Buddhist centre till date. The Easter part of Ladakh serves the holy and spiritual centres for Buddhism worshiper. The western part however, is more inclined to Islam, lately due to its surroundings and several religious discrepancies have led to disputes between religions in this area. Politically unstable, Ladakh is also a place which falls victim to several ruckuses over the years.
Ladakh Tourism is an individual entity which has formed eventually to facilitate the tourists coming over for adventure and pleasure. The steep mountains and the dangerous paths contribute in having an entirely fascinating experience. The multitude of paths, utilized for the trekking purpose are, Spituk to Markha Valley, Lamayuru Gompa to Chilling and Likir to Temisgam, Stok Kangri trek, Nubra Valley Trek, Trans Zanskar trek, Rupshu Valley trek and so on. The river Zanskar, adds up to the experience since rafting is also a major part of the packing. Being a mountain river is expectedly rocky and undulating which makes rafting a dangerous activity especially during the winters when the major parts of the river remains frozen yet the chilly water beneath the ice layering might do all the harm if a crack appears on the surface of the ice.
Ladakh is a place which is endowed with divinely beauty and the Greater Himalaya and the Karakoram Ranges surrounds the place. While trekking one would come across scenarios like, Spituk-Markha Valley, Laayury gompa, Chilling, Likir, Temisgam and so on. The entire experience is nothing less than exquisite and one would dream of coming back to this place time and again.