Must Try Adventure Activities in Ladakh

Ladakh, India is an amazing destination for anyone interested in international travel from Spain, or elsewhere! It may not be a weekend getaway, but for longer breaks (think Christmas or Easter) India and Ladakh would be a great choice. Today Divij tells us about his adventures in Ladakh!

Tso Moriri Lake

Tso Moriri Lake in Ladakh, India

Even if you are not too inclined towards adventure activities, Ladakh will transform you into an adventure enthusiast. That’s what happened with me. I am not much of a planner and all I knew about Ladakh was its magnetic mountain, courtesy of my friend, and the Pangong Lake, courtesy of a Bollywood movie. But the moment I landed in Ladakh, I knew I was in for a surprise.

It took me a couple of days to get used to the climate and the lack of oxygen in Ladakh, due to its height. But from then on, I just went from one exhilarating adventure to the next.

It All Started With Trekking

Trekking in Ladakh was my first adventure in the destination, and the first ever trek I had been on in my entire life. And boy, did it recharge my batteries! I started off my Ladakh trekking adventure through a trek in the Nubra Valley. The scenic locations and the enchanting people I came across on my way left me spellbound. From there, I was off to Markha Valley, which is one of the most popular trekking trails in Ladakh, as my guide informed me. Both the treks were moderately easy, which means if you have moderate levels of fitness, you can easily do them.

Mountain Climbing

Hiking left me re-energized and eagerly waiting to up the ante. Although my guide was against the idea (I had told him about my limited experience with adventure activities) I went ahead and scaled Stok Khangri Massiff, one of the most difficult peaks in Ladakh. At a height of more than 6000 meters, the climb to the top of the mountain left me breathless and out of energy. But the view I got from the top more than made up for it.

I planned on scaling Mount Nun too, which is even higher than Stok Khangri, but this time, I listened to my guide, who absolutely advised me against the idea.

It Was Time For Paragliding

But I was not going to back down from reaching even greater heights. That’s why, my next adventure stop in Ladakh was paragliding. For any adventure enthusiast out there, I would seriously recommend paragliding in Ladakh. I don’t know about other destinations in India, but the view you get from the top in Ladakh while soaring like a bird is pure bliss.

The snow covered peaks, the crystal blue waters and the rugged scenery of the country looks even more beautiful from high up in the sky.

paragliding-in-ladakh

Paragliding In Ladakh

It Was Time To Mellow Down A Bit With Biking

My guide was afraid I might do some damage to myself with the sudden rush of adventure I was getting. To help calm him down, I decided to  go on a bike tour of the land. While biking in Ladakh isn’t exhilarating in the real sense of the word, it does get your adrenaline pumping. I chose to cruise on my Bullet on Khardon-La Pass, the highest motorable pass in India, at a height of more than 5000 meters above sea level. Amazing is an understatement of the experience you get while cruising through the meandering hills in Ladakh.

It Was Time To Up The Ante Again With Rafting

This time, it was by my guide’s suggestion that I decided to give water rafting a go. I am too much of a water person and I am not good at swimming either. But nevertheless, I went ahead, rafting through the rapids of River Zanskar. It was every bit worth the risk that I took, and I am definitely going to do it again the next time I am in Ladakh. For an adventure enthusiast, rafting in Zanskar is a must. It leaves you spellbound and asking for more.

If you are looking for adventure activities, Ladakh is your destination!

About Divij: Divij is an adventurer, a budding photographer and a writer. By now he has been to various trekking trails and to many offbeat destinations in India. He has been writing since he was 12. Currently, he writes articles on travel for www.Thrillophilia.com

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