Mountaining Ladakh
Travel Tips

Precautions should be taken as to the time of visiting the Ladakh. Mountaineering season in Ladakh usually extends from mid-May to mid- October. The most suitable time to go mountaineering in the Ladakh is from June to September. At this time, the atmosphere in Ladakh is unaffected by the monsoon winds thus making it suitable for mountaineering.

People with intolerance towards change in altitude should never participate in mountaineering. The Directorate of Mountaineering and Allied Sports, Himachal Pradesh has restricted the age limit of people being able to participate in high altitude sports to 18-48.

One must be well aware of their capacity and health condition before opting for mountaineering. One should always consult a doctor to determine one’s health before going for the expedition.

One must have a minimum training before going for mountaineering. It is absolutely necessary that the members be well aware of how to deal with situations while mountaineering. The most common situations include frostbite, sunburns, snow blindness and high- altitude madness.

Each member must carry their sufficient share of ration. Other than that, they should also safely carry their equipments (list given below). One should also always carry a first-aid kit with themselves.

While ascending the mountain, sufficient time should be taken to get used to the altitude. Nothing should be done in a hurry. Also, one should never get too far from the campsite. Another thing that should be noted is that, one should refrain from attending to the call of nature within 300 ft of any water body.

When to visit

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sprinkles Very Cold
  • 17° Max
  • -9° Min
  • 12 mm
  • Woollen
Route/ Place

Mountaineering is one of the most adventurous sports in the world. Every year, scores of people flock to the Himalayas for mountaineering. The most famous mountains used for mountaineering are the Karakoram, Zaskar and the Ladakh.

Ladakh is a very opted-for mountain for mountaineering. It offers a lot of peaks that satiates the need for adventure of the tourists. The most famous and accessible peak is the Stok Kangri. It is at a height of 6153 m and is usually the best voted peak. It shows a spectacular view of the Indus Valley and the Karakoram Range. During the Stok Kangri expedition includes crossing three passes that includes the Kongmaru La.

The Suru and Zaskar valley are said to be one of the most difficult peaks to climb. At the same time, they also offer the most spectacular experience. They comprise of the Nun Kun Massif. The Nu and Kun are 7135m and 7077 m high respectively. Padum road is the best approach to these twin peaks. This road is almost 70 km south of Kargil. This peak is mainly approached from either Tangol or Gulmadong. There are other ways to reach the peak as well. These include Parkutse that is situated along the Kangri glacier. For reaching the base camp of Kun, the expeditionary members have to cross the Suru River.


While going mountaineering, there are several equipments that one should carry with them.

The most essential things that need to be carried are the necessary amount of woollen clothing and toiletries.

The other essential equipments needed during mountaineering are: a map, a compass, matches, sunglasses, sunscreen lotions (to avoid sunburns) and flash lights.

As an extra precaution, one should also carry knives, extra pairs of dry clothes, a first aid kit and sufficient ration.

Every group member should also carry important addresses, phone numbers and email ids.

Places to Stay

How to Reach

  • While reaching Ladakh by air, one should land in the Kushok Bakula Rimpochee airport in Leh. It is an international airport and thus serves for all.
  • Ladakh does not have a train station anywhere close. The nearest railway station is Jammu Tawi and is located 700 kms from Ladakh. This station is well-connected to Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata. From there one could hire a cab to reach the destination.
  • The overland approach to Ladakh from Kashmir is by Kargil. The distance is approximately 434 km and has traffic from early June to November. The Zoji La pass in the Great Himalayas serves as a gateway to Ladakh.

Surrounding Attractions

Ladakh is famous for not only its peaks but also for various other attractions.

The Shanti Stupa is situated on a hill-top in Chanspa, in the Leh district. It is a white doomed Buddhist Stupa built by the Japanese Buddhist Bhikshu Gyomyo Nakamura. It has been reported to be the most famous tourist attraction in Leh. Sunrise and sunsets provide the best views of the surrounding mountains from the Shanti Stupa. It is open to tourists from 5 am to 9 pm.

The Leh palace is situated overlooking the town of Leh. This palace is of historical importance and also a very popular tourist attraction.

The Stok Monastery is a Buddhist monastery, 15 km south of Leh. It is also known as the Stok Gompa or palace.

Emergency No.

Police- 100

Ambulance- 102, 108

Fire Stations- 101