Backpacking Trip to Leh Ladakh
The name Ladakh means the land of high passes, previously the region was known as Maryul. Ladakh is surrounded by the highest mountain ranges including the great Himalayas and Karakoram, covering the area of 45,000sq. Miles, the major river that flows through the Ladakh region is Indus, other tributaries including Shyok, Zanskar, Dras, etc. act as the contributor to Indus Valley Civilization, the beauty of Ladakh is breathtaking but it is also known as for its Tibetan culture, the culture of the place are reflected by the lives of people, monasteries, architecture, food, festivals and language. The most popular festival of Ladakh is the “Hemis Festival”.
Few things to keep in mind before planning a trip to Leh Ladakh
Location: Ladakh- A union territory in India
Best Time to visit:
The best time to visit Ladakh is in summers from April to June, the weather is pleasant and perfect to explore the place with the hint of winter snow all around. At the time of heavy snowfall, the path to Manali-Leh is closed and the only way to reach is Srinagar-Leh highway, which is also affected by landslides. The most popular Frozen river trek is carried out in the month of December and January with the river Zanskar. The only way to reach is by flying to Leh.
How to reach Leh:
By Air: Leh airport is well connected to Srinagar, people coming from Delhi can opt for direct flights to Leh and anyone coming from outside India can take a flight to Delhi and From Delhi to Leh.
By Road: There are various route to reach Leh by road; the one is to take the route via Kargil, which is around 434km and another one is from Manali to Leh which is open in from June to October.
Permission for Visiting:
ILP is the inner line permit issued by the government which allows visitors to travel for a limited period of time. Obtaining ILP is necessary for every non-citizen of Jammu and Kashmir, Foreigners travelling Ladakh need to obtain protected area permit(PAP)
Must-visit places in Ladakh
Leh is loaded with beautiful monasteries, lakes and valleys places but the must-visit places are Kargil, Alchi, Magnetic hill and other wonderful spots.
The two most Visited places are Khardung la and Chang La. The place has a lot of National parks like Hemin National Park and other places like The Leh palace and Hall of fame and Shanti stupa which is located in the main city of Leh.
The place has to offer their Local food, Tibetan food and North Indian food.
Apart from clicking great Instagramable pictures at the popular places in Leh what else is interesting? It is shopping, the place is flooded with local stuff at the time of peak tourist season, the most-shopped items are Pashami shawls, Tibetan Handicraft items, carpets, woollens and traditional silver Jewellery.
High level of safety
The ideal accommodations will be homestays and guest house, it is best to stay in homestays and guest house if you are looking for budget travel and also spend on other things like travelling, eating and shopping a bit then spending in costly hotels.
Lakes to visit on your Leh backpacking trip
- Pangong Lake
The lake is situated at a height of 4,350m; it is 134km long lake which extends from India to China.
- Tso Moriri Lake
The lake is situated at an altitude of 4,522 and entirely within Ladakh. The length is 26km.
- Tso Kar Lake
It is one of the highest lakes in the region, also known as white lake.
- Do not litter around, keep your surroundings clean.
- Carry all your necessary medications with you along with basic medicines that are required for mountain sickness, motion sickness and other possible situations.
- Consumption of Alcohol and other toxic substance is not advisable.
- Please take care of your own luggage.
- Keep yourself hydrated always.
- Carry warm clothes irrespective of seasons.
- Carry all your necessary documents with you such as voter id, license, passport size photo and others that are required.
Things to carry
- Thermal inner wears
- Thermal inner pants
- Comfortable trekking pants
- Fleece jacket
- Down jacket
- Waterproof windbreaker
- Pair of woollen socks
- Warm hat
- Sun cap
- Sunglasses and sunscreen
- Waterproof gloves
- Portable charger
- Camera and extra batteries
- Small bottle of shampoo
- Facial mist
- Toothpaste and toothbrush
- Lip balm and wipes
- Sleeping bag
- Trekking shoes and trekking pole
- First aid box with all the necessary medicines
- Toilet paper