Ladakh is located in the Northernmost state of India, Jammu and Kashmir. It is a paradise for mountaineers and trekkers from all over the world. Rugged terrains of Ladakh attract a large number of adventure freaks every year to explore the unexplored regions and carry back life long memories with them.
It is also known by the name of cold desert of India and it is not a child’s play to climb the mountain peaks located in Ladakh region. Mountaineering in Ladakh requires physical, medical and mental fitness in a person because of its tough hilly terrains and low atmospheric pressure.
Mountaineering Routes in Ladakh
It is one of the most preferred mountain range of Ladakh preferred by mountaineers. It is easily accessible by Padum-Kargil road and have six mountaineering peaks. Nun (7,135m) and Kun (7,087m) are the highest peaks in this range.
Stok-Khangri Massif is located in Zanskar mountains which gives a picturesque view of the Indus river and is nearest to Leh. Stok Khangri (6,510m), Gulap Khangri (5,900m), Matho West (5,950m) and Kantaka (5,275m) are some of the major mountains in this range which are flocked by a large number of mountaineers every year from various parts of the country. This is an ideal peak for amateur mountaineers and requires some basic skills.
Karakoram mountain range is located on the North side of Leh. There are a number of opportunities for mountaineering freaks to explore in Karakoram mountain range. Saser-I (7,415 m), Saser-II (7,513 m) and Saser-III (7,495 m) are the three main peaks which attract mountaineers from all over the world.
Khangyatse Peak (6,400m) is located to the South-East of Leh and is accessible by Markha Valley trekking route. Climbing Khangyatse peak is a challenging task but is good for the beginners in mountaineering career.
Other Mountain Peaks for Mountaineering
Some other mountain peaks famous for mountaineering in Ladakh are Matho West (5,950m), Kantak (5,275m), Konglacha Peak (6,700m) etc.
Best time for Mountaineering in Ladakh
June to September is the ideal season for mountaineering in Ladakh. Mountaineering freaks from outside India needs to obtain the license from Indian Mountaineering Foundation for climbing these peaks in Ladakh.
Other Adventure Sports in Ladakh
There is a vast scope of adventure activities in Ladakh like trekking, mountain biking, jeep safari, ice hockey etc.