In late june and early july, the whole ladakh region comes alive with festivals. some are held at the local cricket and polo club in leh, while others are held at the monasteries. reserve a place well in advance as they get very crowded. some of the festivals are only held every 12 years, such as one at hemis and at that time the monastery will display its greatest treasure, such as a huge thangka a religious icon painted or embroidered on cloth. festival calendar till 2014.
Ladakh is an excellent trekking area for experienced trekkers. the infrastructure is nowhere near as developed as in nepal, necessitating greater preparedness on the part of the trekker. most trekkers go with a guide and some pack horses, which is easy to organise, and if arranged in leh quite affordable. it is possible to trek independently, but this should not be undertaken lightly and without much consultation with locals. people do go missing and die on those trails!
the baby trek
Duration: 2-3 days
Season: Year round
Get In: The trail starts at Likir, there are a few buses from Leh daily.
DescriptionLadakh's one "tea house trek" is, despite the name, hard work because of the steep and frequent assents and descents. Its highest point is 3750 m unusually low for Ladakh; it passes through frequent villages, allowing the traveller to sleep in guest houses or peoples' homes every night, it is a good introduction to trekking in Ladakh, and way to acclimatize to the altitude. The main attraction of this trek is the large villages of beautiful well made houses, among good agricultural land; the mountains and views from the passes are relatively unimpressive.
RouteLikir village - Phobe La 3580 m- Sumdo village - Chagatse La 3630 m - Yangthang village - Tsermangchen La 3750 m - Hemis Shukpachen village - Mebtak La 3720 m - Ang village - Tingmosgam village.
The Markha Valley Trek :This trek is among the easily accessible and popular trek in Ladakh. This trek also leads to a large Diversity of landscapes. Markha Valley is surrounded by the high altitude mountain Kangyatse which is at the height of 6400 meters from the sea level. Tourists will pass through colourful villages and beautiful valley where they can experience the enjoy the tradition and culture of Leh Ladakh.
General travelling maps showing the roads and tourist sites are commonly available in India and abroad.
The best quality trekking maps are nowhere near the quality of maps covering trekking areas of Europe or North America. High quality maps of the border regions of India/Pakistan/China are technically illegal in India for security reasons, your map may be confiscated if you allow security personnel to see it. Despite very high quality maps of Indian J&K and the LoC being available from the Survey of Pakistan in Islamabad!
Trekking Map of Ladakh
By sonam tsetan approx scale 1:600000 is very accurate for what it shows: the trails, village names, and water courses. it lacks topography but has the most accurate place names of all the maps, making it a very useful planning tool. it's available in leh for about inr200.