About Leh Trek
Leh is a town in the North Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. It is also the capital of the Leh region. Great importance has been laid on Leh due its massive 17th century palace, which has been modelled after the Dalai Lama’s former home, Tibet’s Potala Palace. The city itself is at an elevation of 3500m. Leh was originally known as a spot for trading caravans, but now it is famous for Buddhist sites and nearby trekking areas. An adrenaline rush is imminent while on a hike in Leh trek.
Spituk to Stok
The leh trek from Spituk to stok is through some of the most scenic spots in Leh. I deal duration is 4 days and the ideal time period for this trek is May to October. The most fascinating quality of this trek is the challenge level is moderate. You may make your first halt at Zinchen. Up till here you will encounter dry barren land slowly turning green. Going further, you may stop at Zingchen valley where the river Rumbak flows. Camping here is advisable. Hiking even more will bring you into the Henis National park. There after the trail becomes a little steep and the trek arduous, but this final stretch will bring you straight into the stok village.
Markha Valley Trek
The Markha valley trek is quite famous for its journey through many local villages and a chance to mingle with them locals. This is an even longer trek, tekes 8 days from Leh. This trail passes through many villages zinchen, Yurukuse, Skyu and more. Treading through the ganda La pass, Kongmaru pass and Markha River you will reach the markha valley highest point with splendid views of Zanskar ranges.
Water flowing through the dry land at Parang la will take your breath away in the most amazing way, and also literally with an elevation greater than 5000m. August to December is the ideal time to visit Parang la. This lies in the Spiti valley and has the most gorgeous views and steep gorges. You will be driving through Kibber Village, which is the highest settlement in India. After passing Dumla and Thaltak meadow the trail becomes a bit strenuous till Jagtha. Here on out you will be trekking to the source of para chu river, passing the most beautiful Tso moriri Lake.
Kang yatse is one of the most challenging treks in and around Leh. It is also the longest, taking 1213 days to traverse the whole trek. It’s the most stunning peak in Ladakh at 20000ft. Its essentially an extension of Markha valley trek up to Niamling. Kang Yatse has a high camp for overnight stay. From the pinnacle a bird’s eye view of Tibet makes it all worth.
Evidently Leh has many spots for trekkers in a bit of a harsh weather. This is what is most challenging about treks in this region, the air is low pressured and dry and the terrain is unforgiving, all while the land is barren. Apart from this the cold is mind numbing. However, with any expedition the destination makes it all worth it.