1. Go on the thrilling Chadar Trek: The Chadar Trek, India's wildest and one of the most difficult treks, is a whole different experience in itself. This frozen river trek is on every trekker's and adventure lover's bucket list since it is a place like no other. This hike is considered challenging since it requires trekking over the frozen Zanskar river in temperatures ranging from -15°C to -30°C. Also, the word "Chadar" means "blanket," and refers to the frozen river's white ice sheets, and walking on it what makes this trek the most adventurous.
2. Go biking at Khardung La pass: Enjoy a bike riding journey on the world's highest motorable road, the Khardung La pass, which is located at an elevation of around 18,300 feet. Spice up your Ladakh trip with a nerve-wracking bike experience, and feel a sense of accomplishment when you reach the summit. Adventure seekers, mountain biking enthusiasts, and people who want a glimpse of some breathtaking views will love the Khardung La pass. However, bikers must get an Inner Line Permit in order to enter and travel through the pass.
3. Go on a Yak Safari: One of the most thrilling things to do in Ladakh is go on a Yak Safari. Yaks are enormous animals that live in the freezing deserts and the locals have been domesticating them for thousands of years. Yak Safari is found exclusively in a few locations, including Ladakh, and exploring Ladakh's valley while riding a Yak can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. A Yak Safari can be simply booked through a local travel agent in Ladakh. The Safari lasts about 4 hours and allows you to see some of the most beautiful landscapes as well as indigenous flora and fauna.
4. Shop in the local markets: The Main Bazaar, a large marketplace in Ladakh, is a great spot to go shopping. Get a wide choice of reasonably priced things, including accessories and clothing. The markets attract a large number of visitors, both residents and tourists. With so many stores to choose from, you can expect a lot of haggling. You can also buy the famous Pashmina shawls, prayer wheels, Kashmiri carpets, apricots’ jam, and Tibetan jewelry.
5. Experience the thrill of river rafting adventure: In the land of adventure, river rafting is definitely a must-do activity in Ladakh. The Indus and Zanskar rivers are the best places to go river rafting in Ladakh, as they not only offer a unique rafting experience but also pass through a stunning scenery. Ladakh offers grade one to grade four rapids, with several rafting options based on the season, personal physical fitness, expense, and experience.
6. Enjoy stargazing at Lamayuru: This is the spot to be if you want to sit among the lovely mountains and watch the stars twinkle. Lamayuru, also known as the Moonland of Ladakh, is a hamlet located on the Srinagar-Leh highway. At Lamayuru, you can set up your camp and see nature at its most beautiful. It's also been said that on a full moon night, the twinkly sky from this location is a spectacular sight to view, something that doesn't happen every day.
7. Book a jeep safari at Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary: One of the most popular ways to see wildlife and observe the Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary's gorgeous surroundings is to go on a jeep safari. The jeep gives a more personal experience and drives you further into the park's dense jungle, increasing your chances of sighting wildlife. While on the adventurous jeep safari, you can spot some amazing wildlife, including a Tibetan wolf, brown bear, snow leopard, and wild yak. A jeep safari is especially suggested for wildlife photographers, as it allows them to get an excellent glimpse of various species of wild animals.
8. Experience the Buddhist culture at Phugtal Monastery: The Phugtal Monastery is a Buddhist monastery in Ladakh's Zanskar area, in the south-east corner. It is one of the most remote monasteries in the region, established roughly 2500 years ago at the mouth of a natural cave on a cliff. You can get a sight of Phugtal Monastery that houses 700 monks and has four prayer rooms, a library, a kitchen, guest rooms, and living quarters, and you can soak in the buddhist culture on your stay over here. Also, the monastery is only accessible on foot and involves strenuous hiking.
9. Visit the amazing Stok Palace: The Stok Palace is the summer residence of Ladakh's royal family and descendants of King Sengge Namgyal. King Tsepal Namgyal founded it in 1820, and the Dalai Lama opened it to the public in 1980. If you are a history buff, there are many valuable items and treasures to be found, including the royal seals, costumes, jewelry, and photos and other exhibits. The war memorials, which include swords, bows, arrows and shields are displayed in a separate area. Furthermore, the Stok Palace is a well-preserved traditional Buddhist attraction.
10. Attend the Ladakh Harvest Festival: Ladakh Harvest Festival takes place in September and lasts for two whole weeks. The celebration features a colorful parade that begins in Leh and ends at the Polo Ground. It's a large-scale event with ceremonial clothing, music, and cultural acts. Even more fascinating are the masked dances performed by the lamas of the monasteries. Discover a diverse range of competitions, including poo and archery. If you’re the one to love cultural festivals, one of the most important things to do in Ladakh is to celebrate this exciting Ladakh Harvest Festival.
11. Relish the traditional cuisine of Ladakh: For all the food enthusiasts, the best thing to do in Ladakh is to try out their amazing traditional cuisine, which has Tibetan origins. The restaurants and cafes here are also noted for serving other varieties of cuisines too, including Indian, Chinese and Korean. Momos is widely considered to be the most flavorful meal in Ladakh cuisine. To acquire the best taste of Tibetan cuisine, one must also try Thukpa, Tsampa, Tingmo and Skyu here. Aside from the delicious food, you must also try Chang, a local alcoholic beverage, which is quite interesting.