Ladakh is a high altitude trekking paradise. When the winter harsh cold gives way to pleasant summer months June t September, you can choose to do a 2-3 day to 25 days with grades ranging from easy / soft, moderate, hard, strenuous to technical. Since Ladakh was open to foreign tourists in 1974, thousands of tourists visit Ladakh for Trekking in Ladakh.
Few short trekking routes in Ladakh are Zingchen to Chilling Trek, Spituk to Stok Trek, Chilling to Zingchen Trek, Lamayuru to Chilling Trek, Likir to Tingmosgang Trek, Likir to Khalts Trek, etc.
Some of the Medium range treks are Makha Valley Trek, Saboo to Digar Trek, Phyang to Hundar Trek, Hemis to Stok Trek, Lamayuru to Hemis Trek, Lamayuru to Zingchen Trek, Lamayuru to Stok Trek, Saboo to Durbook Trek, Chumathang to Mahey Trek, Rupsho Kharnak Trek, Hemis to Tsokar Trek, etc.
Some of the long range trekking routes are Rumtse to Kibber Trek, Parangla Trek, Lamayuru to Padum Trek, Lamayuru to Darsha Trek, Zangskar Trek, Padum to Lamayuru Trek, Rumtse to Tsomoriri Trek, Tsomoriri to Kibber Trek, etc.
Ladakh is also popular for few Winter Treks like Chadar Trek / Frozen Zangskar Trek and some wildlife short treks to Rumbak in Hemis National Park.
Trekking in Ladakh is one of the most popular activities tourist can indulge in during the short summer months of June, July and August. Though trekking and Expedition also continuous in the later months of September and early October when the clear blue sky offers better chances of summits and climbs.
Trekking in Ladakh can be categorize in many divisions depending on the stamina, health state of tourists, experience of trekking in high altitude, taste of trekking in ladakh and Himalaya, etc.. There can be high-end Trekking with luxurious camping and services, Medium-end Trekking with Standard trekking and camping equipments and services, Budgeted trekking in Ladakh with smaller budget tourist with limited services, and backpack trekking (though travel agents cannot provide any service to backpackers) and more over Homestay or Home Stay Trekking in Ladakh. Following are some of the categorize of the Trekking and Camping in Ladakh as provided by most of the travel companies in Ladakh and are based on duration – number of days of the Trekking routes in Ladakh:
Long Treks in Ladakh 15-30 days trekking in Ladakh
Medium Treks in Ladakh 10-15 days trekking in Ladakh
Medium Short Treks in Ladakh 7-10 days trekking in Ladakh
Short Treks in Ladakh 3-7 days trekking in Ladakh
Baby Treks in Ladakh 2-4 days Trekking Ladakh
Easy Treks in Ladakh 1-3 days trekking in Ladakh
Medium Homestay Treks in Ladakh – Markha Valley Home Stay Trekking in Ladakh
Short Homestay Treks in Ladakh – Sham Valley Home Stay Trekking in Ladakh
All these Treks in Ladakh can be again categorize into following major groups in terms of grades
Strenuous Trekking routes in Ladakh
Hard Trekking Routes in Ladakh
Medium Hard Trekking routes in Ladakh
Medium Trekking routes in Ladakh
Easy Trekking routes in Ladakh.
Acclimatization trekking routes in Ladakh.
Strenuous Trekking in Ladakh requires excellent physical condition and good number of days of acclimatization in Leh Ladakh at the height 3500 m prior to the start of this trek in Ladakh.
Hard Trekking in Ladakh also requires good acclimatization before the start of the trek in Ladakh at high altitude and some days of easy tours around Leh Ladakh.
Medium Trekking in Ladakh requires at least 2 days of stay at 3500 m before the start of the trek.
Easy Trekking in Ladakh requires nothing but the will to start on these routes and one can consider these Easy trekking routes in Ladakh as acclimatizing trekking experience in ladakh.
Long Trekking routes in Ladakh is equivalent to the Strenuous or Hard Trekking in Ladakh requiring previous experience of such treks and hikes in the Himalayas at such heights (minimum of 3500 m) and average trekking hours per day is between 6-10 hours
Medium trekking routes in Ladakh is equivalent to the Medium Trekking in Ladakh (in terms of hardship during the trek) and average trekking hours per day is between 5-7 hrs.
Easy trekking routes in Ladakh is equivalent to the Acclimatizing Trekking in Ladakh with a average trekking hours per day is between 2-3 or 4 hrs.
List of the Long Trekking Routes in Ladakh Himalaya regions are as bellow:
Likir to Darsha via Lamayuru and Padum 25 days
Gyamsa to Atitsey via Sham Valley 18 days
Likir to Stok via Lamayuru, Markha Valley 18 days
Rumtse to Kaza via Tsokar and Tsomoriri 17 days
Rumtse to Pangong via Tsomoriri 15 days
Phyang to Saboo via Nubra Valley 15 days
Shang to Padum via Junglam 18 days
List of the Medium Trekking Routes in Ladakh Himalaya region are as bellow:
Lamayuru to Padum 10 days
Padum to Darsha 10 days
Rumtse to Tsomoriri 8 days
Korzok to Kaza 10 days
Phyang to Hundar 8 days
Saboo to Nubra 8 days
Zingchen to Chogdo 7 days
List of Short Trekking Routes in Ladakh Himalaya region are as bellow:
Likir to Tingmosang 4 days
Lamayuru to Chilling 5 days
Zingchen to Chilling 4 days
Zingchen to Stok 3 days
Gyamsa to Taru 3 days
List of Homestay Trekking Routes in Ladakh Himalayan region are as bellow:
Likir to Ridzong 2 days
Zingchen to Stok 2 days
Zingchen to Chilling 3 days
Zingchen to Chilling 4 days
Chilling to Stok 5 days
Likir to Tingmosgang 4 days
Likir to Khaltsi 5 days
Chilling to Chogdo 6 days
Zinghen to Chilling 7 days