treks in leh:
1. Spituk to Stok[caption id="attachment_3920" align="alignnone" width="3520"] Trek through some of the most scenic spots of Leh. Picture Source[/caption] Duration: 4 days Best time to go: May to October Difficulty level: Beginner to moderate If you’re just starting out with trekking, start with this relatively easy and short (4 days) trek, which covers some scenic areas of Leh. Start by driving from Leh to Spituk village, which is about 7 kilometres away. The hike from Spituk to Zinchen (usually the first halt) could take around 4-5 hours, going through dry, barren land to greener areas of Zingchen valley. Here the Rumbak River flows into the Indus and it’s the perfect place to set up camp, enjoy the landscape, and maybe even take a dip in the river.
Suggested Read: Trekking in Ladakh and ZanskarThe next day will take you through Hemis National Park where you can spot plenty of mountain flora and fauna. A 3-4 hour trek, largely uphill, will bring you to the pretty village of Rumbak. Day 3 will be a bit more arduous with a steep trail near Stok La and then descending down towards Mankarmo (5-6 hours of trekking). On the last day a 3-4 hour descent through narrow valleys with lovely rock patterns will bring you to the village of Stok. Before heading back to Leh be sure to check out the 19th century Stok Palace, which now houses a museum.
2. Markha Valley[caption id="attachment_3921" align="alignnone" width="787"] Catch splendid views of the valley on your way. Picture Source[/caption] Duration: 8 days Best time: June to October Difficulty level: Moderate One of the popular treks in Leh, Markha Valley trek, takes about 8 days and will take you through varying landscapes and give you an opportunity of mingling with the locals as well. This trek too begins from Spituk to Zinchen and then onwards to Yurutse on day 2.
Read more: Things to do in Ladakh.Day 3 involves 6-7 hours of trekking up Ganda La pass and then down to Skyu. On the next day you will proceed to Markha Valley, following the course of Markha River. Day 5 will see you criss-crossing the river several times as you make your way to Thachungtse. The next day will be an uphill trek of 4-5 hours, to Niamling – the highest camp on this trek. From here you can get spectacular views of the Zanskar range. On day 7 you will trek up to Kongmaru La pass, which is the highest pass on the Markha Valley trek. Prepare to be enthralled by some splendid views of the mountain ranges as well as the Indus villages. The last night on the trek will be spent at the village of Shang Sumdo. On the 8th day, an easy descent and a walk along a stream will bring you to the famed Hemis and Thiksay monastery, before driving back to Leh.
3. Parang La[caption id="attachment_3922" align="alignnone" width="1600"] The stark landscapes on this trek will take your breath away! Picture Source[/caption] Duration: 8 days Best time: August to October Difficulty level: Moderate to Challenging This 8-day trek is a popular option in the Spiti Valley, taking you on the traditional Ladakh-Spiti route with gorgeous views, steep gorges, stark landscapes and a glittering lake all thrown in.
Further read: 4 Budget Guest houses in Leh (under Rs.300/night)Drive from Kaza to Kibber village, the highest inhabited settlement in India. From Kibber it’s a couple of hours trek to Dumla. The next day you will descend from Dumla and head to Thaltak Meadow, which should take a good 5 hours. Day 3 is a strenuous one with some 7 hours of trekking from Thaltak to Jagtha and onwards to Bonrojen. On the next day a steep 2-hour climb will bring you to Parang La pass at 18,300 feet, from where you will get sweeping views of Spiti valley. Trek ahead to the source of Pare Chu River and set up camp at Dak Karzong. Days 5 to 7 will cover broad plains and a well-marked, fairly easy trail from Dak Karzong to Datang Yongma to Chumik Shilde and finally to the southern edge of the breathtakingly beautiful Tso Moriri Lake. On Day 8 trek along the shore of the lake as you behold the Lungser Kangri peak in the background. A 6-7 hour trek will bring you to Karzog where you can visit the ancient monastery. The next day drive from Karzog to Leh via Mahe Bridge, a distance of more than 200 kilometres, which can be covered in 8-9 hours.