Adventure Sports in Ladakh: Ladakh Travel Guide

Introduction

Ladakh is an ideal destination for adventure enthusiasts. The range of adventure sports activities on offer in Ladakh is sure to satisfy every adventure lover. You can try trekking and mountaineering in the Himalayas or white water rafting on mountain rivers. Traditional sports such as polo and archery, and camel safaris across the countryside, a tour to Ladakh is sure to make a thrill seeker happy with lots of options for adventure sports in Ladakh.

Some of the adventure sports in Ladakh that you can enjoy on a tour to Ladakh are:

Trekking : The rugged landscape of Ladakh offers many routes for trekkers, ranging from beginners to experienced outdoor enthusiasts. Trekking is possible from June to October before the snowfall begins. An experienced guide and good camping gear are essential for a trek. The main trekking areas in Ladakh are Spituk to Marka Valley and Hemis Gompa via Kongmaru La, The journey along the Zanskar River from Lamayuru Gompa to Chilling via Konze La and Dung Dung La is another popular trekking route in Ladakh. Likir to Temisgam is another trek, which can be accomplished by the very fit trekker in a single day. The main trekking routes in Zanskar are Padum to Darcha via Shingo La, Padum to Lamayuru via Singge La, and Padum to Leh via Cha Cha La, Rubra La and the Marka Valley.

Mountaineering : Ladakh offers many challenging peaks for a mountaineer. Stok Kangri Peak (6121 m) in Zanskar, Kangyaze Peak (6400 m) to the south east of Leh and the Nunkun Massif, which can be reached from the Leh-Kargil road are popular with serious mountaineers. All climbers need to get permission from the Indian Mountaineering Federation in Delhi, before attempting the ascent of an peak in Ladakh.

White Water Rafting : The swift-flowing Indus and Zanskar Rivers offer rafting enthusiasts excellent venues for white-water rafting in Ladakh. Rafting expeditions are organized from July to September and usually cover the stretches of the Indus river between Hemis to Choglamsar and Nimmu to Phey.

Camel Safaris : Ladakh is the only place in India where you can enjoy a camel safari on a camel that has 2 humps not one! Camel safaris are offered on Bactrian camels across the sand dunes around Hunder in Ladakh.

Polo : Polo is a popular sport in Ladakh and is usually played every Tuesday and Saturday in summer on the Leh polo ground. There are usually 6 men in a team riding on sturdy Zanskari ponies. A polo match in Ladakh consists of 20-minute halves and is played in an exhilarating atmosphere with the crowd cheering on both teams with great enthusiasm. Polo tournaments are also held during the Ladakh Festival held in the first half of September.

Archery : Archery is a traditional sport of Ladakh and Archery contests are held regularly in villages and at the National Archery stadium in Leh. Archery contests are accompanied by festivity including drinking singing, dancing and betting on the result. Watching an archery contests is sure to offer an interesting adventure into the cultural life of the Ladakhi people.

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