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- Basically a lake with blue clean water surrounded by rocky mountains is just beyond imagination. The mind gets refreshed when you reach there after a tiring journey of 5 hours from Leh.Written 15 May 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Really peaceful and beautiful wonder of the world. The way to the monastery was really beautiful and I found the trip a peaceful experience.Written 13 May 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Amazing place to visit. You can enjoy the confluence from the top of the road to the sangam point more than while you are the bank of the river. While at the river, try to do rafting if you are the adventurous kind.Written 10 May 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- I strongly suggest a visit to this place as part of your Leh trip. Chances are a visit to this place is what you will love best as part of your trip.Written 10 May 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Do visit Gurdwara Pathar Sahib. Experience Guru Nanak Dev-ji as his body shape is imprinted in the stone. Pay your respects and gain some blessings from the great Guru Nanak-ji. Experience the food in the langar and consider yourself blessed.Written 10 May 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- The highway takes you to Manali..A beautiful place through beautiful journey...You would enjoy your ride..Here you will find many things to see out from your car..Written 16 January 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- This is a very awesome park many of animals we will see and this park is very nicely maintained by gov. They will provide safety to the tourist.Written 23 December 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Hire a bike and go on a ride. This is some experience which one should not miss. The roads are great. Dont forget to take your camera to take some awesome photosWritten 20 April 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Without doubt, this is a premium trekking place and the best region to walk during the northern summer months. I did this trek on my own and I want to share some of my experience, adding a little more info to what it is already said here. So let's start by parts:
There is a big taxi lobby imposing prices and avoiding competence. So strong is their rule that the capital Leh is full of adverts asking for partners to share costs to see the nearby attractions (it is crazy because a fleet of tourist buses will solve all this mess and I bet a lot of people will leave Ladakh missing key places because of this problem). Anyway, at the beginning of the trek in Zingchen and at the end in Chokdo there will be taxis waiting for trekkers. In general local people resort to hitchhiking, because public buses are scarce and not reliable, so in case of needing transport just hitchhike and always reasonably pay the driver. In the case you encounter some taxi driver demanding explanations, always tell them that the driver of the car is your friend and this is not a transport service.
For an experienced trekker is not really necessary, the paths are clear and you can get nice detailed maps from Android apps like Maps.me and Osmond. I used both on my Mobil phone and do not have many problems. All the paths have the same patron: they follow riverbed; and in the extreme situation of losing your bearings, remember that all the rivers flow to the Zanskar river and Indus river and those rivers had roads and plenty of villages. Also, you can look for piles of rocks and signs of human activity to find your destination. The only problem I had was to find the best place to cross the rivers, so expect to wet your feet especially in the spring season and rainy days.
Local People and safety
Really nice people, always asking where are you going and telling you the correct path. When arriving at a village just tell the folks "Homestay" and they will find you a room (remember they have a rotation system so everybody gets a fair share of the tourist business, so you are not able to choose accommodation). There are no beggars and everybody is busy working in the fields or building houses and stone walls (summer is the only chance they have to use concrete because the summer weather do not freeze the water, on the other hand the increasing rainfall is pushing people to changing from mud houses to concrete ones).
There is a heavy presence of the Indian army along the Indus valley, but they will not interact with tourist unless you enter or take pictures of their facilities.
Mostly all the local Homestays are managed by women, meanwhile men are away in the cities to earn money, these women are very busy because also take care of children, old people and livestock so keep your demands in balance with the situation. Do not expect luxuries: there are squatter compost toilets in small stalls away from the main house. And there is no running water nor bathroom so ask for water for washing (do not expect hot water nor privacy to wash). The kitchen is an important place, always wait to be invited to enter and do not sit in the Ladakhi tables as it is considered quite umpolite. Using Homestays instead of camping reduce the environmental impact on the ecosystem and help the local to improve the economy. Also is a key factor to preserve this national park because peasants will depend less on their livestock and this change will give more space to the snow leopards preys. So avoid the luxury tour agencies who bring less income to the villages.
A lot of people come to Ladakh as a side trip from the lower regions of India, but this is an error because they are ill prepared and the urge to see as much as possible in a few days ruin the trip because of the high altitude. Usually they start the trek in Chilling to avoid the Gandala pass, but as soon as they reach the 4100m the altitude sickness appears and the trek is really uncomfortable, especially in the Hankar, Nimaling and Chokdo stretch. I recommend spending at least two weeks in Ladakh to enjoy thoroughly this trek; spend a few days in Alchi-Uleytokpo area (the lowest terrain in Ladakh at 3000m), making day treks to the surrounding mountains. For example the first day I did the trek Sumdo-Charatse La (3700m), Yangtang, Rizon Gorge, Uleytokpo and the next day the trek Mangyu-Mangyu La (4137m)-Hipti-Leh highway.. You can return to your accommodation by hitchhiking and rest comfortably a low altitude. Afterwards you can go to Leh (3500m) and spend a couple of days doing some sightseeing to the nearby attractions. Then you can start the Markah trek with some guarantee of almost no suffering altitude sickness. When climbing high passes above 4500m, those people non allergic to ibuprofen can take one 600mg pill several hours before the climbing, to help the body to adjust to altitude and prevent mountain sickness.
There are dogs everywhere in Ladakh mainly in urban áreas, but beware of the dogs because a lot of them are feral, so do not pet them. On summer days they live from the food dumped from tourist establishments, but during the harsh months of winter they turn on wildlife and attacks on humans are not uncommon. Because killing as a method controlling the dog population is not accepted by the locals, a sterilization campaign has been stablished but their effects are yet to be seen.
Ladakh and more specifically the Markha trek, let you to walk on high altitudes without snow and not needing technical climbing knowledge. The temperatures are surprisingly warm when the sun is shining, only above the 4.100m when the wind is blowing the body fells the chill cold wind so a light windbreaker and water resistant jacket is needed. Above 4.800m under these same conditions the body loses heat quickly
so is necessary to cover all the exposed parts of the body; so lightweight gloves, balaclava and neck warmer are needed. and if the weather turns cloudy you will need a light fleece jacket. Just to get an idea, in mid August 2019 above 4800m (Nimaling Camp area) the temperature dropped below zero during the nights and snowed for several days.
One of the main complaints of the Markha Valley trekkers is the river crossing, usually the path follows the streams, so sometimes the bridges are washed away by flash floodings and unexpected streams can appear after a rainy day. So remember to cross always trough the widest place of the river and always downwards the river flow. Water trekking shoes can be useful but there are so many crossings that they are not worth it. So a lightweight hiking shoe with extra grip sole and quick drying are the best choice for trekking this area (if you want to climb a 6000m summit you will need boots). If you must cross rivers and get your feet wet, at the end of the day trek you can ask the Homestay owner to dry your shoes in the kitchen room. Also, you can use adhesive body warmer when the trek is over to regain some warmth for your feet.
Nimaling is worthy staying another day, mostly all the trekkers spent one night and continue the trek to Chokdo because the altitude sickness makes the stay unpleasant and want to finish trek as soon as possible. If you are used to the altitude I suggest to spend at least one more day to do some day treks on the area. I recommend two hiking summits if the snow line has receded enough: the Konga Ri (5754 m) and the Reponi Mallai Ri (6116 m). The Konga Ri is a hilly summit at the end of the Markha valley just follow the river, pass the Dzo Jongo Basecamp , then continue through moraine landscape and when you reach a lake, the south hillside is the Konga Ri. You can attempt to climb to the summit through the scree without using crampons. The views are fantastic and you will be immersed in a real Himalayan high peak landscape.
The Reponi Mallai Ri route is posted on wikiloc. But if the snow it is too deep I recommend to trek at least till the Kang Yatse view point at 5.200m, to see a spectacular view of the of the Kang Yatse massif and its glaciers. Just go up the hill, follow the small stream that goes behind the Nimaling camp (about 2 hours), this route is also available in wikiloc.
Other Ladakh Homestay Treks
Ladakh has 3 homestay treks:
- The Markha trek: the most well-known trek
- The Sham Trek: from Likir to Temisgam can be done in 3 days. I recommend to add one more day and end the trek in Skindiang. The highest point is 3800 so this is an ideal trek for altitude acclimatizing. This trek it may be less appealing, but it's really worthy because the villages are really nice and the accommodations are more comfortable.
- The Lamayuru to Alchi trek: it is a 5 day trek between remote villages, old monasteries and dramatic landscapes.
I will try to add the last 2 mentioned treks to Tripadvisor. Just with the aim of spreading the visitors flow and their money so all the local communities gets a fair share of the business and these remote villages improve their way of living.
Ladakh has a ban on plastic bags but not in water bottles or other plastic items sold everywhere. There is no proper waste management so carry back to your country, your own garbage (specially plastic packaging and batteries). When trekking make use of the Homestays bins to throw the rests of the day packet lunch and also use hiking water bottles because all the Homestays provide safe drinking water. One more thing, there are some trash open walled holes along the routes and they are a shame because the garbage is not picked up and it spread all over the place, also wildlife rummage these places so do not use them.Written 28 September 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Travelled to the sand dunes and was mesmerized by its beauty. Seeomg the camels was surprising but of course I did not take any ride.Written 13 May 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Spituk Monastery or Gompa is one of the nearest to Leh town, about 8 km from town
on the Leh-Srinagar Road, just beyond the Hall of Fame attraction. It is worth a visitWritten 2 October 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- It’s a place which is still used by the royal family and they have really kept it very well , the museum has some really great Thanka paintings which are very oldWritten 27 April 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Be prepared to climb a lot of stairs for a 360° view of Leh. The temple is beautiful, however the overall place has no lighting, fone torch will be handy to use. Online research indicates the Royal family lives in the same palace, however that isn't the case anymore.Written 23 April 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- I really enjoyed my visit to this monastery. It is situated in a stunning location and the views alone are worth the trip to go there. It’s small with limit viewing but spectacular nonetheless.Written 21 October 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Frequently Asked Questions about Leh
- The best day trips from Leh according to Tripadvisor travellers are:
- Private Custom Excursion Tour to Likir from Leh with Guide
- Tourisct Highlights of Leh (Guided Fullday Sightseeing Tour by Car)
- Likir and Alchi Monastry Tour from Leh
- Pangong Lake Day tour from Leh
- Leh Monastry Full Day Tour