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Mountaineering and Ice Climbing in Ladakh
Ladakh is surrounded by Himalayan and Karakoram mountains and holds the position of largest province in Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. Ladakh is well known as desert at high altitude and can be well described by barren and craggy plateaus and cliffs. Adventure sports lovers throng Ladakh for the unique experience of white water rafting, trekking, mountaineering and ice climbing. Ice climbing is ideal sports for people who love adventurous trips and love to take maximum risk in their life. Ice climbers should have lot of training and practice to combat tough and difficult situations. This is ideal adventure sport for people who do not possess any fear and are extremely brave in their hearts. The final destination of ice climbing may give an amazing picturesque landscape that is magnificent and mesmerizing. Water rafting is available in Zanskar and Indus River, but Zanskar River provides an exciting and thrilling experience. One can also enjoy trekking either on short form or long day trekking visiting monastic settlements or monuments in a lengthy trekking process crossing various mountains. Various monastic festivals are celebrated in Ladakh especially during winter season. During September, they conduct Ladakh festival depicting their centurion culture, folk heritage and tradition. Various contests held on arts, archery and Polo.
How to reach Ladakh by air, rail and road
The nearby airport to Ladakh is Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport, Leh. Indian Airlines and Jet Airways run flights on daily basis to Delhi. The airport also connects to Jammu weekly twice and Srinagar, once in a week. Delhi in turn is connected with all other airports in India and abroad. During seasonal time, Go Air provides flight facility to Leh from Delhi on daily basis.
There is no railway facility in Ladakh. But there is a proposal towards bringing in the same.
The long journey covering 434 km from Kashmir valley to Ladakh remain open between the months of May and November for travelers. This is an astonishing journey with a steep ascent of 11,500 feet altitude along the Great Himalayan wall. Jammu & Kashmir State Road Transport Corporation (JKSRTC) provide both ordinary and deluxe bus service from Srinagar to Leh in this route with a night halt at well known Kargil. However, one can also avail jeep or car service from Srinagar to reach Ladakh. Another alternate route is from Manali to Leh which is 473 km stretch. This route is open between the months of June and November. This high altitude road crosses Rupsho, the desert Plateaux with the height between 3660 m and 4570 m.
Approximate charges about Mountaineering and Ice Climbing in Ladakh
Foreign nationals should obtain their permission before climbing from Indian Mountaineering Foundation to enjoy climbing in all permitted peaks. One should pay the booking fee which depends on the popularity and height of the peak. Every climbing group is assigned with Liaison Officer. It may take minimum six months to process the application. Sufficient rescue coverage will be available for all authorized expedition in order to rescue from any illness or accident.
Top Service Providers of Mountaineering and Ice Climbing in Ladakh
There are various tour service providers who offer mountaineering and ice climbing in Ladakh. One needs to contact them personally and finalize the rate for complete package. Few may offer complete package including air transport, food, accommodation and mountaineering and ice climbing equipments. One among the service providers are Thrillophilia. They are offering attractive tour package to all parts of India.
Which season is best to visit Ladakh
The perfect time to enjoy the beauty of Ladakh is between the months of May and October. The actual climbing season starts from mid of May and extends till mid of October. This is the only time when Ladakh is not affected by monsoon rains. Winter season is not preferable as the roads remain closed because of extreme snow. Moreover the roads remain closed during this season.
How to commute locally in Ladakh
One can hire Jeep or Taxi from local taxi stand to travel in heart of this city. One should select their vehicle depending on their desired place of visit and their budget. If one likes to travel in terrain, then Innova will be best. If it is for off-road destinations like Nubra valley or Pangong Lake then Scorpio will be the best. Qualis can be preferred if one likes to visit high altitude areas like Tsokar lake or Tsomoriri. Within city, one can avail mini car.
Nearby accommodation in Ladakh
Various accommodation facilities are available in Ladakh region depending on one’s budget. One can have memorable stay at any of these outstanding hotels like Hotel Ladakh Residency, Hotel Ladakh Sarai, Hotel Lasermo, Hotel Nobel House, Hotel Omasila, Hotel Pangong, Hotel Sten-Del and many more.