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Ladakh Hotels & Camps

Located at Uley-tokpo by the Bank of Indus River

West Ladakh Camp



Camp Water Mark


   Mystic Medows 

    Nubra Valley

We are recommended By below listed Guide Books for best service & trek knowledge:



Best Time to visit Ladakh:

Ladakh is open for tourist throughout the year,whilst the best period for cultural tours is from first week of May, till end of Sept, if you could bear, a little cold, October too can be a good one, for medium grade trekkers who loves to enjoy the foliage trees and deep blue sky, crystal clear river and  streams along the trail.


Qualify for Trekking in Ladakh: 

Trekking in Ladakh is for active people in good health shape, who enjoy vigorous hiking. Ladakh is high elevation topography. We expect trekkers to be with well, experienced for high altitude, and in good physical condition. Gear and supplies will be carried by horses, leaving members free to carry only a daypack. No technical climbing or other special abilities are required. However, each person should be equipped with a "spirit of adventure" and have prior experience with backcountry camping, sleeping in a tent and willingness to undergo the potential hardships of outdoor living and long days on the trail. The trek spends considerable time at an altitudes between 4200mtr and 5000Mtrs. plus'. The trails themselves are only moderate, but at these altitudes hiking will feel more strenuous. A good physical conditioning program must be undertaken in advance to get into shape. Must have knowledge of AMS (refer our AMS Link here).


Best Time For TrekkersIf you are planning homes stay trek in the west part of Ladakh, May to October end is the best. For Snow-leopard watch and other wild-life related tours,mid Dec. to mid Feb is a good spotting chance.  For Zanskar Chader Trek: End of Jan till 25th mid Feb.. And for other General trekking's in Ladakh 17-June till Mid Oct. The most stunning high passes of 5000mt & Above opens only after mid june). We suggest you to go through "Trekking in Ladakh" guide Book, will give you a lots of ideas for planing. Here goes the link:.


Maps: There are several maps available in Book stores around Leh, the Best map we suggest for precise trekking route in Ladakh is by Hank Thoma and best trekking guide book by Charlie Loram "Trekking In Ladakh".and For Mountain bikers "Himalayas by Bike Lora Stone".


Why with Footprints Adventure: 

We have over 15 years of extensive experience leading trekking and cultural tours in Ladakh and other parts of India. We can arrange tours anywhere in the country. Just give us an idea of where you want to go and we will come up with an exciting and exclusive itinerary. Most of our exclusive tailor made trekking itineraries  are not mentioned on our website. If you are planing   a trekking trip to Ladakh,  either e-mail us or send us a brief note using our online form, we shall get back to you with our unique, and exciting custom made itinerary. And we assure you, that using our service will be, an exclusive, eco-friendly, less expensive, safety, heart-to-heart service, and over all in-indepth experience and exposure to  the Ladakh's centuries old culture and  nature.   


Your Safety:

The safety and the well being of our guests are our primary concern. All of our trips are led by well trained and experienced professional guides who pride themselves on their knowledge of mountain safety and first aid. Unlike many other operators we plan our high altitude tours and treks at a proper acclimatization rate. Our clients are never taken ‘too high, too soon’ just to fit a rushed itinerary. On our more strenuous treks you will be well acclimatized prior to further ascent or sleeping at high altitude and if you don’t want to go high at all then we can arrange a trek that stays around the 3500 meter mark of Leh itself.


You need to be fit. Please ensure that you are fit enough to walk for 3-4 hours at a stretch. You will also need to take care to re-hydrate properly - drinking at least 3 liters of water a day is recommended. We provide boiled water on the trail if needed. If you have any regular medication bring it with you as well as a basic personal medical kit



Despite its remoteness trekking in Ladakh is usually safe. If things do go wrong on the trail then in most cases our guide will be able arrange your safe return by horse or porter back to the road and then by taxi to Leh, but in the unlikely event of any emergency, helicopter rescue is available. This will depend on your insurance policy cover and we would ask that you check your policy carefully to ensure that this is provided.


The Treks:

We offer a wide variety of  treks and tours to suit both novices and experienced travelers. If you want a less strenuous  trekking route, we can suggest a trail using village ‘home stays’ where you sleep in local houses and share the daily life of local people. For adventurous minded, we have ready itinerary to all the usual routes of Ladakh and Zanskar, as well a few ‘off the map’ ones for those who want something less  crowded , unique trials and isolated camp sites. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.for custom tailor ed treks itinerary. 


You must be cautious and take a proper rest for acclimatization on arrival (the first day) , once you land in Leh by air. Its takes 42-hrs to acclimatize properly. But in 12-hrs you know how good you are with the height. As soon as you arrive Leh must take a rest till evening and consume at least 2ltrs of fluids. The first good sign of acclimatization is a proper urination. If you feel dizziness followed by vomiting , short of breath, heavy chest, sever headache on the next day of your arrival, let us know for immediate check-up and treatment. Please don’t do any self- medication on others suggestions; (there is no medicine for high-altitude sickness) the only remedy is to get acclimatize step by step. The more risk is if you hide your symptoms to not to spoil your tour or thinking it might disturb your fellow travelers. If by chance you suffer of high-altitude sickness, Leh hospital has proper facility for immediate treatment. In-case the specialist doctor think you are serious with AMS the next day we will assist you to fly back to Delhi/Chandigarh/Sirinager/ Jammu. Or we assist you to arrange with your insurance company for air evacuation. (Note: The first day of arrival and a mild headache is common and it should be subside by next morning)


AMS while on Trek:

Normally most of the trekkers are fit and has knowledge on AMS, if you are a new trekker the first two days is very important to get proper acclimatization, involving a half day hike around Leh (4300 to 4500mtr). And in these two days you would know yourself for the next accent. In all our trek itinerary we camp the first day between 4200-4400mtrs. On Day 2 camp at 4800 to 4900. In these 02 days you are mostly properly and perfectly. In-case you develop AMS symptoms, our guide will arrange you a quick lift back to Leh with an assistance, and immediate check up at the hospital for further treatment, evacuation. Know Altitude Sickness and prevention


Do's & Don'ts 

Take permission before you click a photograph of any one.In most of the monasteries indoor photography is prohibited.

Water Purification :

Take water purification pills with you. And you can use boiled fresh water during the trek. Dzomsa Laundry sells high pressure boiled water for Rs.7 per liter. Bring you own water container.

Plastic Bags:
Do not use plastic bag since plastic is officially banned in Ladakh. Always separate and properly dispose off litter and bury biodegradable materials while trekking. While on tour to the Lakes and other destination bring back Non-bio-degradable items like mineral water bottles and any item made of plastic. Just remember you leave there only your Footprints.

National Parks:
Don't disturb wild life during the trek or on tour . Be aware of the highly sensitive ecology and the economy of the geographical and cultural landscape of Ladakh.


Your Flexibility: Unlike your conventional holidays, while trekking in Ladakh, an unforeseen situation like, sudden change of weather, road blockage, need to change the trail due to weather or late trek departure due to horses/pony,arrival timings, or in rare cases, might need to postponed or pre-pond a day due to a political reason like sudden rally & closure of town. In those circumstances our team will try their utmost to make it happened, as scheduled. If those situations still arise, your flexibility is highly appreciated.


Gear list: 
Sleeping bag (-10 to -20 down for the month of June, and early Sept. & -20-plus for October and winter treks)
Sleeping bag liner
Day pack
Camp shoes/sneakers
Tevas and/or sandals
Gore-tex jacket
Light wind jacket
Down jacket/vest
Fleece jacket/vest
Trekking pants
Thermal tops
Thermal bottom
Warm hat
Sun hat/baseball cap
Light gloves
Down/synthetic camp booties
Duffel bag
One liter water bottles
Lip balm
Camp towel/towel/sarong
Personal medicines
Money pouch/belt
Energy bars
Vitamin tablets
Extra passport photos

Disposable Toilets "The Biffy Bag"