While summer brings the onset of snow melting season, August commences the monsoon and fills the roads with puddles and places with overflowing rivers. However, the beauty of Leh Ladakh being called a cold desert is that, it hardly receives any drastic showers; maintaining the scenic glory of the valley. The area beyond Zoji La Pass, in the direction of Leh from Srinagar and further from Baralacha Pass, towards Leh from Manali side is a rain shadow area and do not receive much showers. Although travelling via bike is not the safest of options until mid-September, one can simply hop on to a plane and explore this undying beauty of India.

Leh Ladakh scenic view

Leh Ladakh is said to be a bagpacker’s dream to explore as it is a never ending land full with nature’s surprises. Let me help the inside adventurer in you with a few tips and pointers that might come handy for your bagpacking adventure in Leh Ladakh.

1. Plan your trip in advance

Believe it or not, even the nomad in you should listen to this very important advice. Leh Ladakh, though being one of the safest places in the country has a lot to offer; from shrine and monasteries, to the dangerous and exciting Khardung La and Chang La passes. Plan out your itinerary in such a way that you can enjoy most, if not all the places yet get to explore the local culture.

2. Be prepared for the high altitudes

Even though you ignore your mom and your fitness, a visit to Leh Ladakh will definitely test the latter. Situated at 12,000ft, one definitely needs to be hale and healthy to endure the sickness accompanying the altitude. After reaching Leh, keep a day just for relaxing in your room and getting used to the conditions there.

3. Stay in homestays

What more does one want than a home away from home? Homestays are the best way to explore and not just be a visitor. They give a more authentic and comfortable option for the bagpacker in you. You may pre-book you homestay at BnBNation at heavily discounted prices. Localites love to mingle with people and welcome guests with open arms; learn to make a warm-hearted thupka or a classic salted Ladakhi butter tea or ask them for some traditional clothing and rustle up as one of them.

Beautiful Young Smiling Face in Leh Ladakh

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4. Have a well-stocked bagpack

If you’re anything like me, then we both love last minute packing routine everytime; but try and skip the routine this once as you would require a well-stocked bagpack. From a flashlight, moisturizer, a box of medicines, to a floppy woolen cap; pack yourself everything that you may feel come handy.

5. Bring out your inner nomad

Best thing about bagpacking trips, no judgmental aunties to breathe down your neck. From flip flops to leather boots, a boho-chick look or a bearded man-bun hip look; be creative, be free. Carry your shorts or your dress, pack whatever you feel brings out the best in you.

Refreshing Tso Moriri lake side walk in Leh Ladakh

6. Let out your inner Dora the Explorer

Leh- Ladakh has so much to offer that one can forget time. Travel to Pangong Tso Lake, fulfill your dream of reliving the ending of 3 idiots and spend the night under the bright stars of Milky Way. Watch the sunrise while taking a morning walk on the Tso Moriri Lake. Plan a day to visit the Nubra valley and get your camera ready for the young and beautiful smiling faces that welcome you. Hop on to a bike or take a SUV, enjoy the scenic beauty that the valley offers.

7. Feed your soul

Ladakh is full of audacious architecture, history and heritage. Go on Heritage Walks offered in the city; visit the world famous Shanti Stupa. Visit the monasteries; Thiksey, Hemis, Alchi and Chemrey monasteries are some of must-visit places out there. Watching the kids play in the courtyard will warm your heart and this land of lamas and monks will calm your soul.

Laughing Buddha in Leh Ladakh

Don’t wait, just pack your bags and book a BnBNation verified homestay; Leh- Ladakh is waiting for you.


About the author:
Alankrita Sarkar though being a computer engineer, is a travel enthusiast and a hardcore foodie. With novels as her best friends, she loves to discover new places and sketch the audience a painting with her words and experiences. She believes that the best way to explore is to start a journey to find the unexplored.


BnBNation is an aggregator platform for Bed and Breakfast rooms in India. We love to provide all foreign travelers a stay with a hospitable Indian families and also provide a taste of tangible and intangible cultural heritage of India.


Cori · July 25, 2018 at 2:37 pm

What a beautiful area! While I’m a little curious to see monsoon season and all the snowmelt, I would probably have a nicer time avoiding it. I’m such a fan of homestays, especially in an area like this where there’s so much culture and beauty to experience.

    BnBNation · August 1, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    Leh- Ladakh is considered one of the crown jewels of India! Not fond of rain? Don’t worry we’ve got you covered read our blog Leh-Ladakh for a trip in the summers. Do give it a read. I’m sure it’ll convince you to come to Leh- Ladakh atleast once.

Deeptha · July 25, 2018 at 2:47 pm

I have wanted to visit Pangong Lake and the Thiksey Monastery for so long. It has remained elusive until now. I hope to go there sometime soon and would definitely pick a homestay. It would be so much fun to learn to make thupkas or the popular Ladakhi butter tea; something one cannot experience in a hotel stay.

    BnBNation · August 1, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    Homestays definitely are the better choice! Do pick our homestays for your many visits we would love to have you!!

Vibeke · July 25, 2018 at 8:55 pm

I would love to travel to Leh Ladakh and India in general. It is important to plan ahead, especially for high altitudes. I love homestays and it makes it all more adventurous and interesting. I donno if I would travel during the monsoon season though, I don’t like rain that much.

    BnBNation · August 1, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    High altitudes do give a tough time sometimes. But don’t let rain come in your way! Read our blog- Leh- Ladakh for a beautiful journey in summer; we’ve got everything covered. Do give it a read, we are it’ll convince you to come as soon as possible.

Lisa · July 26, 2018 at 1:42 am

I think India looks so beautiful, and would really like to visit one day. These tips are great for visiting the Leh Ladakh region, and it’s definitely making me want to see it too. I’m not good at heights unfortunately, so I’m not sure I could handle the high altitude! But I’ll still visit!

    BnBNation · August 1, 2018 at 7:13 pm

    Don’t let the fear of heights scare you to not hop on to the journey of your lifetime! Take precautions and you’ll be just fine. Do visit us!

Tania Muthusamy · October 30, 2019 at 5:18 pm

Yes planning and preparation are key for hiking trips. And some fitness training doesn’t go astray either. Leh Ladakh looks like a wonderful untouched natural beauty I would love to see.

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