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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the various outdoor activities that one can enjoy in Leh?

Apoorva Harduley DEC 10 2012
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Ah! So I see an adventure buff in you? Come to Leh and experience activities at an all new level! With its thrilling options and simply amazing landscapes, the adventure activities in Leh are all laced with a sense of peril, making these activities all the more exciting. Some of the activities you can try here are:

  • Trekking

    Attracting a lot of adventure lovers every year, the mounts of Leh promise exciting opportunities of trekking, rock climbing and rappelling. A dry, rugged terrain, steep mountain slopes and deep valleys sum up Leh and if the idea of trekking in such a place excites you, hop on to the next flight! There are a number of treks available here and you can take your pick from the Lamayuru Padum Trek, Lamayuru Darcha Trek, Rupshu Kibber Trek, Stok Hemis Trek and many others, depending upon the difficulty levels and the duration you are willing to undertake. It is advisable to trek only in groups as doing these arduous treks alone are a risky affair. Yes, it is thrilling but still not worth putting your life at stake. Be cautious, be safe.

  • White Water Rafting

    Wondered how it would feel to cruise along rapids on a raft, in a river amidst desolate mountains? White Water Rafting in Leh is just an experience of that kinds. The icy, crystal clear, silvery waters of the Indus River are infested with challenging rapids, so much so that you might just get the adventure kick of your life on this one. Take the 7 km stretch if you are a first timer and the 14 km one if you have enjoyed this activity before. If you are with kids, you might want to leave them behind when headed on this one as they won't be allowed in the raft and won't have anywhere to go with you embarking on the river.

  • Biking

    One of the places biker's simply love to ride up to from the plains, Leh is a great place to throttle up. Cruise along the rocky contours with the mountain breeze in your hair and a sense of freedom you won't forget in a lifetime. You might want to hire a cruiser (Bullet is the favourite) for this one as normal bikes will fail to maneuver these terrains. Do make it a point to tank up on fuel and take ready to eat food with you, as these things are not easily available in this area. Amateur bikers should avoid this activity, it can get tricky and risky in places.

  • Camping

    Another activity that is a highlight in Leh is camping. Warm cozy bonfires, tents wavering in the mountain breeze and sizzling barbecues are the essence of this activity. Set up your tent by the Indus River, engage in a game of volleyball with your mates or experience the calm of rolling waters while you fish for fresh trouts.

  • Yak Safari

    Yak Safari is something particular to Leh, one you can enjoy only in a handful of other places. Get onto one of these furry, ferocious looking creatures who are very gentle and calm normally and go on winding trails about the towering, dusty mountains. Spotting a yak is not difficult in these locales, but only trust trained yaks with their trainers for a ride, if you love your life! Easily available in most outskirts of the city and at places like Khardungla Pass.

With the multiple options you have seen above, the adventurer in you is surely going to be teased, isn't it? Head to Leh for an adventure experience that is one of its kinds!

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