Ladakh as a region (9000 to 17000 ft asl) is an arid region home to some of the most rugged terrains, inhospitable weather in winter and an area that receives very little of rain being a predominantly a high altitude desert. Ladakh is home to a number of high altitude monasteries.
Guests typically arrive for a unique mix of high altitude adventurous drives, rugged landscape and high altitude monasteries. Some of the high altitude passes around the area comprise.
* Changla Pass (enroute Pangong Lake)
* Khardungla Pass (enroute Nubra Valley) – One of the world’s highest motorable passes at over 17000 ft asl
Guests can also experience White water Rafting in Zanskar River offering spectacular landscapes enroute and Nubra valley ( Home to a unique high altitude desert and double humped Bacterian camels). Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, a Sikh pilgrimage center is also located 25 kms from Leh.
Some of the high Altitude monasteries include
* In and around Leh Town (within 15 kms) – Namgyal Tsemo (15 kms), Stok (5 kms), Spituk (8 kms)
* Monastery Excursions - Thikse Monastery (19 kms), Hemis (45 kms)
* Visited Kargil route - Alchi Monastery (70 kms from Leh ), Likir (52 kms from Leh), Lamayuru (109 kms from Leh), Mulbekh (40 kms from Kargil)
* Part of Zanskar Valley ex-Kargil – Rangdum (100 kms from Kargil), Karsha near Padum (240 kms from Kargil).
Experiential travellers with an interest in trekking head for Temisgam (Between Alchi - Lamayuru) for some trekking along Indus River, exploring remote villages and village walks.
Leh is the only place with decent hotels. Other places have mostly camps or small lodges. Leh can be the most unusual experiences and can be most memorable and once in a life time experience for an experiential traveler.