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Ladakh Treks, Walks and Tours
The scenery of Ladakh is stark and dramatic - deep gorges, alluvial fans, contorted strata, large Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, flat-topped mud-brick houses in verdant oasis-like villages, snow-capped mountains and grand vistas. It is a land where real mystery still exists and is one of the most fascinating and beautiful regions of the Himalaya.
Ladakh’s wonderful mountain landscapes and distinctive cultural heritage make this a fascinating area to tour. The beautiful Indus Valley gives the chance to visit some of the fine monasteries and ancient palaces that Ladakh is renowned for such as Stok and Shey Palaces and impressive Thikse Monastery. Throughout Ladakh, and particularly in and around the capital, Leh, the ancient influence of Tibetan Buddhism can be seen in the many monasteries and gompas that are still central to the lives of the Ladakhi people. These, along with the many festivals and cultural traditions of the friendly Ladakhi people, illustrate the deep Buddhist heritage of the region. Our Definitive Cultural Tour of Ladakh or Gentle Walking Leh & Indus Valley are the best way to see many of the cultural highlights.
For trekkers, Ladakh makes an ideal summer destination. Ladakh’s most celebrated trek is the Markha Valley Trek which epitomises the best of the region’s unique scenery. The trail passes giant rock pinnacles, spectacular cliffs, narrow defiles, prayer-flagged passes and reveals evidence of a much older civilisation, the history of which has been lost in antiquity. The Markha Valley also makes for an excellent acclimatisation trek for those looking to tackle Stok Kangri a non-technical trekking peak that provides incredible panoramic views from its 6,121m/20,082ft summit. And, for those in search of a wild and remote adventure, the neighbouring and mysterious region of Zanskar offers some completely off-the-beaten-track trekking in the shadow Mount Nun and Kang Yatse – amongst the highest peaks in the Zanskar range. Land of the Lamas & Rafting the Zanskar Gorge or Zanskar Dream Trek present a wonderful opportunity to explore this wild and remote region in depth.View our holidays here