an altitude of more than 9000 ft, Ladakh offers adventure amidst
beauty which surpasses any other mountain range. Tucked between
two of the world's greatest mountain ranges, the Himalayas and
the Karakoram, this forbidden valley lay hidden from the outside
world-- inaccessible at first because of its hostile terrain
and then banned to tourists due to its strategic geographic
position. Its snow-clad peaks, translucent lakes, barren terrain
and mystic culture has attracted tourists and explorers from
all over the world.
in the Ladakh region
The main hindrance in trekking in this region is due to cold
waves and snow i.e extreme wintry conditions. For trekking in
Ladakh, one has to be physically fit and prepared to face the
rigors of back country travel as well. The fluctuations in the
day and night temperature takes its toll. The best season to
go on trekking expeditions in this region is between July and
possibilities include short, day-long walks or long mountain
treks involving weeks of walking and camping in the wilderness.
Depending upon the time and budget, tourist offices at Leh,
Kargil or Padum can design trekking programmes for you. But
the easiest way to go on trek is through a travel agency, which
will take care of all arrangements including camping gear, provisions,
porterage, staff and all other matters. As the terrain is inhospitable
and ecology very fragile, it is advisable to take as much provision
and fuel as possible fromThe evenings are chilly and the days
are rather hot. Thus, special clothing is required for trekking
in this region. Pullovers and anoraks should be kept handy.
A sturdy pair of walking shoes with strong rubber or synthetic
soles for grip, thick cotton socks and good sleeping bag together
with an insulated ground pad are essential gear for going on
a trek even if you may be passing through inhabited areas with
the possibility of accommodation in village homes and monasteries.
A waterproof tent will have to be carried besides provisions
and cooking gears, all packed in a good quality rucksack. A
good quality water container is a must to carry the drinking
water so essential during high altitude trekking in arid conditions.
Do not forget to carry a flashlight with sufficient batteries,
a sun-hat, first-aid and a pair of good quality sunglasses with
sufficient filter-factor to check the sun's brightness and UV
rays. the base camp.
for a free copy of the Ladakh-Kargil and Zaskar brochure at
the J&K tourism office. Also it is advisable to follow the
instructions regarding preservation of environment contained
in the Indian Mountaineering Foundation's Publication which
can be obtained from the IMF headquarters in Delhi or any of
its subsidiaries. Read the While in the Himalayas- Do's and
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