Ladakh is located in the north-east region of the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir. It is surrounded by the world’s highest peaks like The Great Himalayas and Karakoram. In Ladakh, nature has furnished the landscape with sheer picturesqueness and adventures.
7 Beautiful Places in Ladakh
Nun Kun –
Nun Kun peaks belong to a massif, a group of mountains. The massif is approached through the road heading Kargil and Leh and located near Suru valley and Zanskar range in the north, Kishtwar National Park and Krash Nai river remain in the south. The height of Nun is 7135 meters (23,409 ft), and the height of Kun is 7,077meter (23,218 ft). Nun is one of the highest peaks among this Himalayan Range on the Indian side of the Line of Control (LOC) in Ladakh. Kun peak is split up by a 4 Kilometre snowy plateau.
Pinnacle Peak –
The third highest summit of Nun Kun mountain massif is Pinnacle Peak. The height is 6,930m (22,740 ft). It is located northeast of the Nun peak. The massif is 210 km far from Srinagar and can be travelled by road.
Kang Yatse –
In the Ladakh region of the Himalayas, Kang Yatse (6,496 meters) (21,312 ft) is located in Markha Valley’s end. This mountain has been divided into two summits, Kang Yatse II, the lower western peak, and Kang Yatse I, the higher eastern peak. The two peaks are approachable from Mid-June to September end. There are two prime routes to reach the peak. The first route is by trekking via Markha Valley and through the village Hankar, Markha and Skiu. Another starts from the village of Shang Sumdo and climbs up the Markha Gorge and then climbs the Gongmaru La, 5130-meter-high pass.
Climbing Kang Yatse II is easier in comparison to the main peak and doesn’t need any technical training or mountaineering skills. The peak of East Karakoram is clearly visible from the top of the peak on a sunny day. On the other hand, Kang Yatse I need to set up an intermediate base camp since the climb is technical, the last 500 meters of the peak is highly steep and needs ropes. Kang Yatse mountain is situated in the Hemis National Park. It is a high-altitude park famous for the snow leopards.
Matho West –
Matho West is known as Matho Kangri, situated near Leh. The height is 6230 meters. This peak is famous for trekking. The trek starts from Martselang near Hemis Monastery and finishes the trek at Stok Village. The best season for the trek in July, August, September. The trek to Matho permits the trekkers to indulge in the profound beauty of nature and grant the photographers to get delighted with the panoramic views.
Mentok Kangri –
Mentok Kangri (6250 meters) is located on the west side of the Tso Moriri Lake. This peak is also famous for trekking. The trek starts from Korzok village. The panoramic views comprise Chamser and Lungser Kangri across the Moriri Lake, the Changthang plateau, and Tibet from a distance.
Stok Kangri –
Stok Kangri is the most popular trekking point among all the peaks. The height of the peak is 6153 meters (20,187 ft). Its closeness to Leh, the capital of Ladakh makes it more accessible to the trekkers. It is the highest among the Stok Range and the climb starts from Stok village. Stok Kangri has considered non-technical at the time of July-August but during winter it becomes technical to trek. Amateur mountaineers are advised to be well prepared with physical agility and apparatus since the trek is tiresome and needs both physical and mental endurance. The trek usually takes 7 days approximately.
Golep Kangri –
Golep Kangri (5,950 meters) is the alternative peak of Stok Kangri. To attend the summit of the Golep Kangri of almost 10 hours, one must have an acclimatization routine before. Though both Stok and Golep Kangri are common trekking peaks and do not need any technical method for mountaineering, few sections of the trail are quite sharp and therefore, technical expertise is required. The trail goes through steep conventional Ladakhi villages and the route offers breath-taking views of the Zanskar range, Karakoram range, Stok Kangri, and Kang Yatse, Nun peaks, during crystal-clear weather K2, the second-highest mountain in the world would oblige the trekker with a glimpse. The best time to visit Golep Kangri is from June to September. Summer is ideal for adventuring peaks in Ladakh but the proposition of magnificent cold breeze in winter cannot be overlooked. Chadar Trek in the Ladakh region is the most thrilling and adventurous trek in the mountains with animals like snow leopards. Chadar here means a layer of ice. It will be an opportunity for the trekkers to explore Ladakh with a pledge to keep the environment clean.
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