Ladakh is often called 'Little Tibet' due to it's similar landscape and Buddhist culture. The main Ladakh range starts from the Indus-Shyok confluence and the Zanskar range is the dividing line between the Indus and Zanskar river valleys. The Great Himalayan range divides Ladakh from the Kashmir Valley and Himachal Pradesh.
Ladakh today is one of the most remarkable adventure travel destinations in the world. It can be divided into four main areas for trekking: the remote Zansker valley, the area around Leh and lower Ladakh, the Nubra and Shyok Valleys in the north and the Tibetan plateau of Eastern Ladakh. Trekking is available for all abilities from single day walks, to popular week long treks such as the Markha valley to longer trans Himalayan traverses across Zanskar taking several weeks.
No special permission is needed to enter Ladakh and within the region you can travel around with relative freedom. Ladakh is full of amazing sights with strange gompas (monestaries) perched on soaring hilltops overlooked by snowcapped mountains. Villages appear as green splashes of colour with barley fields perched on mountain sides. But most of all Ladakh is notable for it's delightful people, friendly as only Tibetans can be and immensely colourful.
Reaching Ladakh by road, starting at Manali is an unforgetful experience. The road crosses over a series of high passes, topped by the 5360 m high Tanglang-la, it is an adventure on a winding high altitude road offering spectacular scenery. Ladakh offers numerous types of treks, wild jeep safaris, white water rafting, mountain biking and mountain climbing. If you would like to trek for a couple of days or for a month then Smanla Guest House can help you arrange guides and ponies.
Pangong Tso on the Tibetan border.