Camping in Ladakh is an exhilarating adventure of a lifetime. Imagine being in the lap of nature, surviving toughest weather conditions and having a number of experiences that you will never forget. Pitch your tents, sleep under the stars, take a break from the city bustle and find the inner peace you were looking for. Settled on an altitude of 11500 ft. above sea level, the 'Land of High Passes' gives an opportunity of camping like never before. Are you up for the adventure? If you are planning a camping tour to Ladakh, here is complete information about campsites, where to set your own camp, things to pack, tips and things to know before camping in Ladakh.
Self-Camping or Staying at Campsite
Ladakh offers an unrivalled experience of camping. You can choose from self-camping to staying at campsites. Both these options come with their own pros and cons, therefore you must have proper research behind your decision.
Self-camping in Ladakh is amazing but there are cons. From the entire hassle of putting the camp up, concerns related to washroom facilities, sundries, food and carrying the entire stuff along with you. While, staying at a camp site will avoid you all this hassle. Also, while you are on your own, you have the freedom of choosing any site but even then there is the hassle of defence from wind, wild animals and concern for safety.
A campsite solves the concern of safety and help from the camp organizers. Set in beautiful locales of Ladakh, the campsites come equipped with all the amenities a traveler requires to have a memorable experience.
Facilities Available in Camps at Campsites
Campsites in Ladakh arrange
Popular sites for Camping
The barren landscape of Ladakh has a unique charm that draws visitors from all over the world. The entire region is blessed with a number of exciting campsites in Ladakh. To help you with answer to where to go camping in Ladakh, here is our list:
Manali - Leh Highway
The highway from Manali to Leh is scenic and thrilling and also one of the popular camping sites in Ladakh. Popular for adventure-filled road trip, it is ideal setting for camping. Pitch your own tents closer to a Dhaba or another tent while on the road trip or stay at one of the campsites in Sarchu.
Nubra Valley is one of the best locations for camping in Ladakh. There are camping sites near the Hunder Sand Dunes or you can definitely find a spot to set up a camp. However do not set up a camp in middle of nowhere, stay close to or within one of the villages. While you are camping, stay close to your tent at night and do not wander out alone after its dark. The alpine desert is one of the best campsites for camping in Ladakh.
Nothing beats the blissful experience of camping along the Pangong Lake. It is immortalized by Bollywood movies, documentaries and by almost every traveler in the 'Land of High Passes'. In fact it is not wrong to say it is one of the best camping sites in Ladakh. There are a series of camping sites as well as spots for self-camping along the beautiful lake of water reflecting myriad shades of azure. The camp site offer Chadar tents with basic facilities for the guests. If you love to enjoy camping on your own, then find a spot at the edge of the campsites where you can be close to the lake as well as the facilities of planned camping.
The beautiful lake in Ladakh, Tso Moriri is one of the scenic places for camping one must check-out. The campsites have all the needed facilities whereas while self-camping, you will have to speak to the locals first before setting up because most of the land around the lake belongs to the villagers. Also if you are on your own, first learn about the wildlife and the precautions to take while camping with your own gear.
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Ladakh is gaining attention for not just its natural camping excitement but also for its luxury camps. Luxury camping in Ladakh, known as glamping is now what every travelers in the "Land of High Passes" want to experience. These luxury camp sites combine the incredible fun of camping with modern 5-star amenities making it an experience of a lifetime.
From warm tents, Persian rugs, 3-course meals to incredible views, luxury camps in Ladakh offer the best of it. You are sure to have unforgettable memories.
The best time for camping in Ladakh is from May to October. From the month of May, snow dissipates from the ground, making it a suitable time to enjoy the weather and stay out in the open facing the tough conditions. And, as October ends, winter arrives in Ladakh making it difficult for camping. Rest of the year Ladakh is too cold for camping.
You can plan the budget for camping in Ladakh. The region has luxury camps to budget campsites and you can book accordingly. Luxury camps look after your every need. Once you book you will never have to worry for anything. From pick-up, transfers to sightseeing, everything will be pre-arranged for you. Budget campsites in Ladakh offer the required facilities at an economical budget. Self-camping is by far the cheapest. You can cover the self-camping tour with minimum expenses to get the camp location, food and fees (when and if required). But, even then you can pre-book campsites and get a good deal with tour operators offering camping in Ladakh.