One week in Ladakh

Do not let this barren land worry you, let it entice you instead. There is something to be found in this silent beauty, something deep within your very own self  – Self quote

My recent trip to Ladakh in July 2018 with Aventura Outdoors opened my eyes to the art of active travelling. Following a lot of inquiries, I have put together this brief summary of my week in Ladakh for everyone to get an idea of what can be done & how. Here is my jam-packed itinerary which left me exhausted, exhilarated and very much eager for more…

Day 1

Touchdown Leh!!! The oxygen levels are low and the body is struggling. To acclimatise, take a long nap in the afternoon (windows open please!) followed by a visit to the Shanti Stupa. It is not all touristy though. Rather a breathless 300 step climb to the top.

PS: Remember, it is mind over matter. Stay strong!

Day 2

To start the week with a bang (of freezing cold water!), it is time for whitewater rafting on the Zanskar river for 28 km. 3 hours of exercise surely gets the body pumping! The scenery is straight out of a movie with the rafts floating downstream between barren mountains glimmering in the sunlight. Don’t forget to body surf in the water. Your toes will be frozen but they thaw later too 😉

PS: Quick pitstop at Nimu Sangam to witness the confluence of two rivers: Indus & Zanskar. 

Day 3

Let us accept the fact that the process of seeing the sights in Ladakh pretty much involves a lot of time on the road. Be it the car or bike. Today, a road trip to Nubra Valley via Khardung La is on the agenda. At 18,300 ft it is considered to be the highest motorable road in the world. Layer up! There is snow to encounter. And keep the camphor handy, with every turn of the road, the altitude is increasing and the oxygen depleting.

PS- Hydrate and breathe.

Day 4

Visit the Hundur Sand dunes to see the double-humped back camels (they really do smile), followed by a visit to the Disket Monastery. You have to pass Khardung la to get back to base again. Either drive it or be brave and cycle 40 km (like I did! Yay me!!) from Khardung La to Leh. It won’t be easy is difficult but it will be 100% worthwhile!

PS: Did I mention day 4 was my favourite day!

Day 5

Road trip to the legendary Pangong Lake via Chang la with a stopover at Thiksey Monastery. Enough said.

PS: Thenthuk at Chang la restaurant is a must try 😉 (insider tip!)

Day 6

Return to Leh. Take this time (6 hours) to recuperate, listen to some music, play some car games and oh! stop at Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, Hemis Monastery (or Hall of Fame) and end the evening at Leh Market for some delicious food at World Garden Cafe.

PS: Summer Harvest has the best Thukpa if local food excites you 😉

Day 7

One day trek to Rumbak Village in the Hemis National Park. Be prepared for a beautiful inclined (hello breathlessness!) hike, crossing streams through dusty pathways to get to this high altitude village.

PS: a home-cooked meal awaits & its worth the effort!

Day 8

Goodbye Leh!

PS: It’s been unbelievably surreal ❤ ❤ ❤

be passionate. be curious.

All photos are ©Lifesregenbogen shot by Google Pixel

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