Regions of Ladakh

Parched and stark but wildly beautiful Ladakh remains one of the most remote and sparsely populated regions on earth.  The high altitude deserts surrounded by giant mountains of the Indian Himalayas are also the last refuge of pure Tibetan Buddhism.  This ‘Land of the High Passes’ once extended its influence far across the Indus Valley, into Baltistan, across the Tibetan plateau, amidst Himalaya and Karakorum mountain ranges, its importance coming from its strategic location at the crossroads of trade routes on a branch of the Silk Road. Ladakh is cut off from the rest of India by road for 6 months a year and the little villages seem almost untouched by modern progress. Families work collectively and precious water is carefully diverted from mountain streams into ancient irrigation channels to persuade the high altitude deserts into green.

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INDUS VALLEY

Is the central valley of the region, centred around the river Indus. The Indus Valley is a combination of arid and fertile, green fields and apricot orchards stand in stark contrast to the grey rock of the mountains and brown of the barren plains.

Mountains dotted with Buddhist villages and prominent monasteries, moon land landscapes, the mighty Indus and high altitude wildlife. The only civilian airport in Ladakh is in Leh.

Capital - Leh

Elevation - 3,500-7,000 metres (11,500–23,000 feet)

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NUBRA VALLEY

South of Leh over the Khardung la pass (the worlds highest motorable road) snuggled between the Karakoram and the Ladakh ranges lies the valley of flowers Nubra. Nubra was an important connection on the erstwhile Silk route connecting Central Asia and Tibet on one hand Afghanistan on the other.

Stunning mountains, Siachen river merging with the Shyok flowing through sand dunes. Double Hump camels, Balti Villages, enigmatic monasteries, ancient petroglyphs and hot springs at Panamik.

Capital – Diskit

Elevation – 10,000 ft.(3048m)

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CHANGTHANG

The Changthang region is a part of the high altitude Tibetan Plateau with vast highlands dotted with emerald lakes. From eastern Ladakh, Changthang stretches approximately 1,600 kilometres east into Tibet as far as modern Qinghai.

The region is home to the Changpa tribe, a nomadic and pastoral community and is popular for its scenic beauty, lakes, medicinal hot springs and rare wildlife.

Capital – Nyoma

Average Elevation - 4,700 metres (15,400 ft)

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ZANSKAR VALLEY

Zanskar Valley is the most isolated of all the trans Himalayan Valleys, comprising of a tri-armed valley system lying between the Great Himalayan Range and the Zanskar mountain range with the Zanskar river bringing life.

Beautiful snow-capped mountains, monasteries and landscape. It is one of the most unexplored places in Ladakh, which makes it a hotspot for trekkers and adventure lovers. Explore ring-side views of a glacier to monasteries in caves in Zanskar valley.

Capital - Padum

Elevation - 3,500-7,000 metres (11,500–23,000 feet)


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