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Tso Moriri Lake and The Nomad Trail of Ladakh's Changthang Plateau

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Frequently Asked Questions about ladakh

Ladakh is a centrally-administered union territory located in the northernmost part of India, surrounded by the Karakoram and westernmost Himalayan mountain ranges. Due to its geographical proximity and strong links to Tibetan culture, it is also called the ‘Little Tibet’ of India. It is bounded by Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory to the west and by the state of Himachal Pradesh to the south. Leh is the union territory’s largest urban center that shares its administrative powers with Kargil, the other major city. The region shares an international border with the countries of China (Tibet Autonomous Region) to the east and Pakistan (Gilgit-Baltistan) to the North-west. Ladakh is known for its magnificent landscapes, unique cold-desert terrain and its vibrant Buddhist culture.

There are multiple ways to reach Ladakh. It depends on your preference, your starting point and the season. Ladakh can be reached by both air and road. The most convenient way is to take a flight directly to Leh airport. Alternatively, one can embark on a scenic road trip via Manali or Srinagar highways. Here are the most common methods of reaching Ladakh.

How to reach Ladakh by air?

The easiest and the quickest way to travel to Ladakh is by air. The Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport at Leh, located just a few kms away from the main center of the city, connects it with the rest of the country via regular flights. Leh airport is one of the highest airports in the world. There are a number of flights flying to Ladakh during the peak season and also during the off-season. The flight to Leh offers magnificent aerial views enroute and is in itself a highlight to your trip.

How to reach Ladakh by road ?

There are mainly two motorable routes to reach Ladakh, the Srinagar-Leh Highway and the Manali-Leh highway. The former connects Kashmir region with Ladakh via the Zoji La Pass and covers a distance of around 420 Kms from Srinagar to Leh. The latter option, Manali-Leh highway connects Manali in Himachal Pradesh to Leh via the Tanglang La Pass and Atal Tunnel, covering a distance of around 435 Kms from Manali to Leh. To reach Leh by road you can hire a private cab , shared taxis or board public buses (JKSRTC / HPTDC ). It is important to note here that one can only travel to Ladakh by road between May to September as during the winter months the high passes get blocked and highways are shut due to heavy snowfall.

How to reach Ladakh by train?

You cannot reach Ladakh directly by train as there is no train station in Ladakh. The nearest railhead to Leh Ladakh is the Jammu Tawi railway station. It is at a distance of about 680 km from Leh city. There are a number of trains plying from major Indian cities to Jammu and is well connected with Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai.  Upon reaching the Jammu Tawi railway station, travellers can hire private taxis, cabs or opt for state bus services to reach Ladakh.

The best time to visit Ladakh is during the summer months ( May – September) with the peak season being in July and August. During this time the weather is pleasant, the temperature remains comfortable and almost all roads and destinations are accessible. April-May usually marks the start of major roads and high passes opening up. The sun shines brightly, the snow starts melting and Ladakh is all set to welcome and greet visitors from all over. As the summer progresses, the weather turns exceptionally pleasant for travel with July and August being the warmest months in most areas. These two months also happen to be the wettest months but the rainfall received is relatively less compared to other regions of the North. With crisp blue skies, impressive landscapes and with the frozen alpine lakes giving way to blue shimmering waters, the region is at its scenic best. At Leh, the temperatures range from 5°C to 25°C during the summertime while some of the remote higher-altitude regions are colder.

With many routes open, this is undoubtedly the best season for adventurous activities like camping, trekking, mountain biking, rafting and other activities. This is also when some of the most revered and significant Buddhist festivals are celebrated namely Yuru Kabgyat in Lamayuru Monastery and the Hemis Festival or Tse-Chu at the Hemis Monastery.

The temperatures in Ladakh steadily drop from October onwards. During the winters, the mercury levels drop sub-zero with the higher regions like Tso Moriri, Pangong or Nubra experiencing significantly colder temperatures. The latter phase of winters from November to Early March can be harsh. Some of the higher elevation regions may be extremely unbearable with minimum temperatures reaching as low as -15°C. As uncomfortable as they are, the winter months are also much more peaceful and less-crowded. They are best suited for offbeat adventurer enthusiasts. The winter is the ideal time to see the frozen natural beauty of ladakh – from giant white lakes to towering frozen waterfalls. A few interesting experiences during the winter include the Chadar Trek and the Snow Leopard experience. The Chadar Trek is an incredible adventure that involves walking the frozen Zanskar river, and the Snow Leopard Trek is where hikers and wildlife enthusiasts tread through snow to track these ‘grey ghosts of the mountains’ that descend from high peaks during the winters. Some of the traditional monastery festivals, such as the Thiksey Festival, Spituk Gastor and Losar are also celebrated with great fervor during the winter.

Yes, acclimatization is crucial due to the high altitude nature of Ladakh. Leh city in Ladakh is situated at an altitude of around 3,500 meters (about 11,500 feet) above sea level, and many destinations in the region are located at even higher elevations. All visitors, especially those flying into Leh, must spend at least 24-48 hours resting and avoiding strenuous activities upon arrival. This is important to minimize the risk of altitude sickness or acute mountain sickness(AMS).

Acclimatization is the process by which your body adjusts to the lower oxygen levels at high altitudes. It is important that you stay hydrated and avoid any strenuous physical activities during the first 2 days of arrival. During your stay in Ladakh, be mindful of any signs or symptoms of altitude sickness. If you experience symptoms like consistent headache, dizziness, fatigue, vomiting etc. it’s best to descend to a lower altitude and seek medical attention. Proper acclimatization on your arrival will enable you to experience and enjoy Ladakh without compromising your health.

From ancient monasteries to vast alpine lakes, Ladakh offers numerous breathtaking places to explore. Some of the popular and famous places that attract tourists from all over the world include Leh Palace, Spitik Monastery, Pangong Lake, Nubra Valley, Hunder Dunes, Magnetic Hill, Shanti Stupa and Diskit Monastery, among others. Apart from these touristy spots, travellers may explore many other lesser-known villages and locales in Ladakh that offer the perfect serenity in the lap of nature.

Regardless of the season, packing warm clothing is essential for Ladakh due to its high altitude and cold desert climate. Even in summer, temperatures can drop significantly, especially during the nights. Pack layers, including thermals, fleece jackets, windproof outer layers, woolen caps, gloves, and sturdy boots. Additionally, bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat to protect yourself from the intense UV rays at high altitudes.

Travel within Ladakh is primarily facilitated by public buses in the main towns, shared taxis on some routes, and rented motorcycles. Private taxis and tour operators offer services for exploring various destinations. Keep in mind that the terrain can be challenging, and road conditions may vary, so plan your transportation accordingly.

In Leh Ladakh, visitors require permits only when visiting certain specific areas of the territory. No Permits are required to visit Leh or Kargil cities but both Indian and foreign tourists require permits to visit certain restricted areas in Ladakh. These Restricted Areas are mostly border areas, located near the Line of Control LOC (border with Pakistan) or the Line of Actual Control LAC (border with China). Some of the restricted areas include Nubra Valley, Tso Moriri lake, Pangong, Siachen etc.

An Inner Line Permit (ILP) is a compulsory travel document required to visit these restricted areas. It is called Protected Area Permit (PAP) when applicable for foreigners. Both permit documents are easy to obtain with the necessary documents. For ILP, Indian citizens need to provide a valid identity proof while foreigners have to provide a valid passport with Visa or OCI to obtain their PAP.

However, please note that the permit requirements and procedures change from time to time. It is essential to check the latest guidelines and requirements. You can contact us for the latest updates.

Yes of course, Ladakh is open to foreign tourists. With its stunning landscapes, unique culture, and a wide range of adventurous activities, Ladakh attracts travellers from all around the world. No permits are required to visit Leh city but foreigners must obtain Protected Area Permit (PAP) when planning to visit restricted border areas.

While it’s an easy process to obtain the PAP that is locally issued in Leh, it’s important to note that for citizens of few specific countries, the procedure to obtain the permit is different. Travellers from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Hong Kong will not be able to obtain a permit from Leh city. They will have to apply for an Inner Line Permit from the Ministry of Home Affairs in New Delhi. This is also applicable for foreigners holding a diplomatic passport.

Indian citizens need to provide a valid government-issued identity proof (Aadhaar etc.) for obtaining their Inner Line Permits (ILP) while foreigners have to provide a valid passport with Visa or OCI to obtain their PAP.

Travelling to Leh Ladakh is considered very safe for tourists. Over the years, the himalayan region has seen a dramatic increase in tourism, and the local authorities gradually have become very well-equipped to handle all visitors. Due to its proximity to the international border, there are recurring incidents at the China border (LAC) from time to time, but these usually do not affect the tourist circuits.

When travelling in Ladakh, visitors should also be cautious about altitude sickness due to high elevations and plan a gradual acclimatization period. When venturing deeper into the territory, especially very remote areas, travellers must be prepared for challenging road conditions at some places. It’s also essential to obtain necessary permits for restricted areas, be mindful of extreme weather conditions, and carry basic medical supplies. When visiting monasteries and villages, respecting local customs and being environmentally responsible are extremely crucial. Staying informed, using reputable tour operators, and following safety guidelines will help ensure a safe and enjoyable trip to this stunning region. Overall, Ladakh is perfectly safe for travel but like any other destination, it is always important to verify the current travel conditions and check for any government advisories before planning your visit.

Yes, you can easily rent bikes in Leh for local sightseeing and exploring nearby attractions. Make sure to carry a valid driving license and complete the necessary documentation as required by the rental shop.

While Leh has several ATMs and decent network connectivity, including mobile networks like BSNL, Jio, Airtel and Vodafone, outside Leh, facilities can be scarce. It’s advisable to carry enough cash and essential supplies, as you may encounter limited connectivity and amenities in remote areas.

Like Kashmir, in Ladakh too prepaid mobile connections issued outside the territory do not work. Only locally issued prepaid sims and Postpaid connections will work. The mobile network and internet connectivity in Leh Ladakh have significantly improved over the years. In the main cities of Leh and Kargil, all network providers like Airtel, Jio, Vodafone and BSNL have good reception and data connectivity. Internet data speeds are also decent in these cities. Wifi access in Leh and Kargil cities will be available at many hotels, cafes, and restaurants.

However, in more remote and isolated places like the Sham Valley villages, Pangong Lake or Karzok near Tso Moriri Lake, the mobile network and internet availability are very limited and unreliable. In some of the distant areas of the territory, only BSNL may work intermittently. BSNL has the widest coverage in the region and is active in some of the remote villages too while Airtel and Jio have strong presence in the main areas only.

Yes, you can definitely trek in Ladakh. The region offers numerous exciting adventures and many trekking opportunities. From short walks (Leh Palace hike) to stunning multi-day trails (Tso Moriri Trek and the Nomadic Trail of Changthang Plateau); from the famous Chadar Trek adventure on the frozen Zanskar River to the scenic village and cultural treks of Sham valley, Lamayuru-Chilling and Markha Valley, Ladakh caters to trekkers of all levels. Some of the unfrequented and offbeat hiking routes in Ladakh include the Sapi Tso lake Trek near Kargil and Lasermo La Trek in Nubra Valley. You can explore picturesque landscapes, high mountain passes, remote hamlets, and stunning lakes while immersing yourself in Ladakh’s unparalleled culture and natural beauty. Trekking in Ladakh provides an unforgettable experience for those seeking adventure and a closer connection with the Himalayan wilderness.

Practice Responsible Travel. Respect the local customs and traditions, and help preserve Ladakh’s fragile ecosystem by disposing of waste responsibly.

Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, especially due to the dry climate and high altitude. Take it easy during the first few days to acclimatize and avoid altitude sickness. Additionally, be mindful of your physical limits and adhere to safety guidelines, especially while trekking or engaging in adventure activities.


Ladakh & Zanskar Valley experiences - CURATED AND PERSONALIZED

The region of Ladakh has one of the most unique features of our Himalayan Panorama in the country. The Land of Lamas and High Passes, as the territory is often called, Ladakh boasts a striking landscape that is not found anywhere else in India. The entire region is a rain-shadow area that contributes to its desolate and cold desert terrain. 

The harsh climate, distinctive geographical features and its starkly barren terrain has its own charm and natural beauty. Because of its landscape, culture, traditions and unique natural environment. tourism in Ladakh is an absolute delight for nature lovers, wildlife photographers, as well as adventurers. Previously a part of Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh recently became an independent Union Territory of India. 

It is divided into three main regions – Leh, Nubra, and Zanskar Valley. All three are exceptionally beautiful and adorned with the soaring barren mountains, tiny oasis-like villages, and desolate alpine grasslands. The entire region figures heavily on the international tourist map and attracts a large inflow of tourists both from home and abroad. 

Ladakh is home to some of the highest motorable passes in the world namely Umling La and Khardung La. It has some of the highest alpine lakes too, including the popular Pangong Tso Lake and the offbeat Tso Moriri and Tso Kar. The lakes have recently become some of the most visited destinations in India. The union territory is amongst the top trekking destinations as well. 

Some of the most scenic trails include the Markha Valley in Hemis National Park, Chadar Trek – the Frozen River Walk in Zanskar Valley, Lamayuru-Chilling trail and the Nomadic Trail to Tso Moriri Trek in the untouched Changthang Plateau. The Changthang region is home of the Changpa nomads who are the guardians of the world-famous Pashmina goats. 

Adding to the region’s exceptional beauty and unique culture are the ancient Buddhist monasteries or gompas. Bright colourful prayer flags, huge whitewashed stupas and devoted monks in red robes are a common sight in Ladakh. Some of the revered and scenic monasteries include Hemis, Thiksey, Lamayuru, Diskit, Shey, Alchi and many more. Read about the historic old town of Leh, that offers a fascinating glimpse into its rich past.

In the north, the Nubra region in Ladakh is connected to Leh by Khardung La, one of the highest motorable passes in the world. Nubra valley is famous for its camping and glamping experiences and the opportunity to see the Bactrian Camels (double-humped camels) walking its cold deserts. For the ardent travellers, Zanskar Valley tours and treks and Suru Valley are the other enchanting places to explore. 

One of the most isolated and unexplored sections in the Himalayas, these remote valleys are part of Kargil District in Ladakh. There are mountains and sparkling-clear streams running parallel here, and one can see the small agricultural patches near remote villages that add the green to the brown and yellow landscape of the region.

Connect with us to curate your uniquely tailor-made Ladakh experience. Craft your luxurious escape with our Ladakh Leisure Tour, or dive into the Sham Valley Trek for serene landscapes or join the thrilling Snow Leopard Expedition in Ladakh for a rare wildlife encounter. Each experience promises to add unforgettable chapters to your adventure tale.