Snow trekking in Ladakh is an absolute spectacle. As soft white snow blankets the landscape of Ladakh, the temperature drops many points. While most of these treks are active throughout the year, the winter brings in more exquisiteness and a host of exciting experiences. The Chadar trek in Ladakh is the most well-known and is on every adventurer to-trek list. Here are snow treks Ladakh, you can’t afford to miss.
The Zanskar river winds through the rocky gorges of Ladakh, and is a prime spot for whitewater rafting in the summer. The Chadar trek in Ladakh is held on the frozen river, when the ice resembles a sheet. Trekkers will walk along this frozen river, camp on the ice and trek past towering waterfalls that are frozen in mid-flow. As you trek you’ll witness breath-taking views of the majestic snow-clad peaks, hanging icicles, surreal landscapes, bleached rock faces, and weather-blackened trees. It’s one of the top snow treks in Ladakh.
This snow trek in Ladakh takes you into the misty heights of Stok Kangri, the highest peak in the Himalayas that can be completed without mountaineering experience or technical training. At 20,182 feet, Stok Kangri is the highest mountain in the Stok range of Himalayas, Ladakh. From the top, one gets absolutely stunning views of the Zanskar river, the Karakoram range, Saser Kangri Peak, Indus Valley and Leh city. It is a great choice for snow trekking in Ladakh, because it can get very hot while trekking in the summer. This snow trek in Ladakh is ideal for moderately experienced trekkers who have some experience with treks over 13,000 feet. Climbing to the summit of Stok Kangri involves negotiating a steep slope covered in scree, and walking over a sharp rocky ridge.
If you're looking for dramatic landscapes and a unique adventure, the Markha valley is a great snow trek in Ladakh. The trail takes you through enchanting villages with ochre mud houses and Tibetan Buddhist heritage, all located in the stark Ladakhi desert. You will camp at beautiful campsites at night, and spend days exploring the deep gorges, huge canyon walls, jagged peaks and earthy colours of Ladakh.