Mountaineering in Ladakh: Ladakh Travel Guide

Introduction

Standing tall and overlooking the vast expanse of Ladakh are the Himalayan mountain ranges. These ranges are a dream for every mountaineer. With the region divided into segments of the Karakoram and Zangskar mountain ranges, mountaineering in Ladakh can be termed as an unlimited climbing business. The fragile environment and topography of Ladakh make the climb physically demanding. As the region is surrounded by mountain ranges from various directions, numerous expedition options are available for the mountaineers.

Trekking through Stok mountain range

The Stok range, which is the most prominent one in the Ladakh region of North West India attracts the interests of a lot of mountaineers. View from the highest peak, the Stok Kangri is very rewarding. On conquering the elevation of more than 6000 m of the Kangri, the breathtaking view of the Indus valley welcomes the mountaineers. Such a view relieves down all the hardships felt during the climb and a deep satisfaction rests inside.

Exploring the Kangyatse and Suru valley

Trekking through the beautiful and tough terrain of Ladakh is all together a different experience. With a zeal to climb higher and higher, mountaineers in large numbers pave their way to the more difficult Kangyatse peak. The trek towards the Kangyatse passes through the famous Markha valley and it takes about 9 days to cover the expedition. Like this, there are many other peaks in this altitude range of Ladakh.

The King of all climbs in Ladakh, the mountain peak Nun in the Suru valley is the mecca for all mountaineers. This peak lies in the greater Himalayan ranges and is accessible via Kargil-Padum road.  

Best time to explore

Trekking season in Ladakh usually stays open between the months of May and October. After October, the region falls prey to heavy snowfall so it is ill advised to go trekking that time.