Besides being an ideal location for nature loving traveler and family vacations, Ladakh is also a favorite among adventure enthusiasts. Leh Ladakh offers incomparable range of options for adventure sports, mountaineering, and white water rafting. An avid traveler can also opt for traditional sports such as polo, archery, and camel safaris across the countryside.
Both experienced as well as beginners can opt for the routes in Ladakh for their trekking expeditions. Trekking activities are held from June to October. Some of the main trekking areas to choose in Ladakh are Spituk to Marka Valley and Hemis Gompa via Kongmaru La. Another popular trek route is along the Zanskar river from Lamayuru Gompa to Chilling via Konze La and Dung Dung La. The popular Markha Valley trek takes one through the beautiful Hemis National Park and takes up to 7 days to finish. Stok Kangri is an ideal peak for amateur mountaineers. The summit of Stok Kangri offers a magnificent view of the mountains Saser Kangri (7670mts) Kang Yatse 6400mts and Nun Kun (7135mts). Stok Kangri trek can be completed in maximum 7 days.
Mountaineering can be done on Ladakh’s challenging peaks like Stok Kangri Peak, Kangyaze peak, and Nunkum Massif. One can finish climbing Stok Kangri peak in a span of 7 days. Permission from the Indian Mountaineering Federation in Delhi is required before climbing any peak in Ladakh.
River Rafting/ White Water Rafting:
The Indus and Zanskar rivers are ideal picks for river-rafting enthusiasts. River rafting expeditions range from 1 day to a week long. Nimu is the main center for river rafting activities in Leh Ladakh. 1day expeditions are generally from 9 am to 3 pm and spectacular gorges and the Himalayan landscape is visible in these rafting expedition. The Remala to Nimu rafting route is normally completed in 7days.
Outdoor Activities – cycling, skiing, camel, yak, etc
Cycling: Cycling enthusiasts can opt for popular Manali to Leh trail which covers 500 km and passes like Tanglang La.
Polo: Polo matches are held on the Leh polo ground and polo tournaments are held every year during the Ladakh Festival held in the first half of September.
Camel Safaris: A camel safari in Ladakh is quite unique as it is on a 2 humped camel. One can revel in these safaris across sand dunes around Hunder in Ladakh.
Skiing: The snow-clad mountains and high slopes of Leh and Ladakh, provide ample opportunities to the skiing enthusiasts during the months of December to March. There are also several annual skiing competitions in which several professionals participate.
Heli-Skiing: Ski lovers can take their adventure to the next level with Heli-Skiing. Ski enthusiasts are dropped down at about 17,000 feet above sea level in the snow-clad mountains of Himalayas and this sport is the most popular in Ladakh Himalayan Range ‘Zanskar’.
Archery: It is one of Ladakh’s traditional sports, with Archery contests held regularly in the village and at the National Archery Stadium in Leh. There is also drinking, singing, dancing and betting on archery result at these contests.
Jeep Safari: Jeep Safari is one of the best ways to explore the high altitude mountain passes, the emerald lakes and the breathtaking landscape of Ladakh. Tso Moriri Lake, Dah Hanu, Pangong Tso Lake, Nubra valley, Khardungla pass, Leh – Manali highway are some of the most popular destinations to enjoy Jeep Safari in Ladakh.
Ice hockey: It is one of the most popular sports in Ladakh, played in the open on natural ice. Ice hockey is also called as pond hockey here and is played in the winter months from mid-November to January.
Bike trips: There are several bike trips from Leh to Manali, which offers sightseeing of Manali, various high-altitude roads, including the Khardungla pass. A bike ride to Tsomoriri lake is also a popular one, with beautiful scenery and exotic wildlife of Ladakh to see en route.
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