Set in the far north of India, Ladakh is home to a predominantly Buddhist community. The region is sparsely populated due to the harsh conditions and is almost totally cut off from the rest of India from November until May each year.
However, in the summer, the rugged landscape and stunning mountain backdrops, combined with the solitude, make this the perfect location for trekking.
Leh, the start point of the trek, is located at 3500m above sea level so, after the flight in from Delhi, there are built in rest days to allow your body to acclimatise to the altitude. Whilst taking it easy, it’s worth visiting the many monasteries and stupas that dot the landscape - Shey, Tikse and Hemis Monasteries are particularly impressive.
Once acclimatised it’s time to leave the town, cars and creature comforts far behind. Trekking from the former ancient Zanskari capital of Padum, you trek into spectacular Himalayan landscapes along barely worn paths. The Lamayuru trek passes through high altitude pastures, follows the banks of the Zanskar River and passes small semi-permanent settlements used by yak herders. There are no permanent settlements on the route so it’s back to basics with wild camping under the stars.
With several high passes to cross, including the Singe La at 5000m, the trekking is sometimes tough. The reward is great through - these paths are rarely trekked and so offer the perfect chance to escape the rat race and really appreciate nature’s beauty.
Returning to Leh at the end of the trek it is time for a well-earned beer and a final look around this tiny remote capital before flying back to the hustle and bustle of Delhi.
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